Kyoo Lee

Who wouldn’t?

CoReflecting OnWith

“We Want It All” editors Andrea Abi-Karam (left) and Kay Gabriel (right). Photo: Lix Z.

There they are now. — Zack de la Rocha, “We Want it All” 

At times we resist to exist — in order to.

And yes, We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, coedited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel, “a collection of formally inventive writing by trans poets against capital and empire.”

CohabitUS: Toward covival

A review of/reflection on 'Help' by Claudia Rankine

April Matthis (right foreground) and “Help” cast, 2022. Photo: Kate Glicksberg. Courtesy The Shed.

Covival, not just survival. 

There are many chairs and no tables in this depressingly uplifting play, Help, which is about a new table we need right NOW, “NOW that is the ‘n-word,’” as the play says: a kind of roundtable, virtual and actual, where we can all sit around to talk “us,” cohabitus, especially the souls of White folks.

What'd Barbara Say Today?

I’m sure you exist but guess
Barbara Kruger, 'We don't need another hero'Dump
Barbara Kruger, 'Your body is a battleground'
  take it as it is, don’t
               as seen on REALNESS TV, oh yeah

Dead to me (PoemTalk #114)

Claudia Rankine, 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely'


Simone White, Kyoo Lee, and Gabriel Ojeda-Sague joined Al Filreis to discuss a passage from Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. The discussion follows Rankine's extrordinarily synthesis of various huge issues: illness and death, memory loss and the misery of forgetting, the ubiquitous frame-setting of television, incarceration, police violence, useful and useless language, antidepressants, and the poem as a social assertion of “here.”

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