In contrast, images are potentially infinite in form and structure; they are inherently polysemic. Therefore they are often unfamiliar and more difficult to “read.” Visual space is about looking, while scriptive space is about learning. But when words are located within the space of art, or when they become more overtly visually assertive in form, a transposition occurs that can bring awareness of the materiality of written language. The linguistic sign’s conventional bond with meaning is loosened, and gives way to something essentially “unnameable.” The reader becomes a viewer, and is distanced from the word’s discursive content and made more aware of the noncognitive and affective qualities of the visible.
Eight months before he died of cancer, John Coltrane played a concert at Temple University in Philadelphia that proved too much for some listeners.
"Negative connotations about Black are merely symptoms of a binary way of thinking that operates at the core of our society. Black, and it’s negative connotations, are a trigger for those designated with the mental illness of white supremacy. In reality, the metaphorical connotations of the word black in the English langauge, serve to bridge negative emotions with those designated by such a label. The meanings of the word black subjects the language employed with and around it to viral infections consisting of it’s negative connotations. White supremacy is the creation of logic on this platform to channel and direct a series of negative associations already existing within the society towards some external destination. In this way, the metaphor of blackness, as logic employed toward the empowerment of whites, has been extremely effective."
Few words echo as far and fast as racist. Amid so much supposedly race-neutral language, it lands with a violent unreality, uprooting both subject and speaker. Claudia Rankine said as much in her speech at the 2011 AWP conference, and she was right: That talk created an immediate sensation, one…
A selection of nine poems from eight young writers
Poet, Kyle Dargan, documenting his sojourn in China
Gregory Pardlo’s first book, Totem, received the American Poetry Review/ Honickman Prize in 2007. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Tin House, as well as anthologies including Angles of Ascent, the Norton Anthology of…