CONTEMPORARY POETICS II MODES OF READING EMMA MASON Lecture structure: Haraway, A Cyborg
Manifesto Mone, The ArchAndroid Jazz, blues, spirituals, poetry I have been woman
for a long time beware my smile I am treacherous with old magic and the noons new fury with all your wide futures
promised I am woman and not white. (ll. 2534) Audre Lorde A Woman
Speaks The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the
changes which we hope to bring about through those lives. It is within this light that we form those ideas by which we pursue our magic and make it realized. This is poetry as illumination, for it is through
poetry that we give name to those ideas which areuntil the poemnameless and formless, about to birthed, but already felt. Audre Lorde, Poetry is not a luxury, Chrysalis:
A Magazine of Female Culture (1977) The white fathers told us: I think, therefore I am. The Black mother within each of us the poetwhispers in our dreams: I feel,
therefore I can be free. Poetry coins the language to express and charter this revolutionary demand, the implementation of that freedom. Audre Lorde, Poetry is not a luxury,
Chrysalis: A Magazine of Female Culture (1977) The cyborg is a creature in a postgender
world; it has no truck with bisexuality, preoedipal symbiosis, unalienated labor, or other seductions to organic wholeness . . . the cyborg has no origin story in the Western sense . . . An origin story in the Western, humanist sense depends on the
myth of original unity, fullness, bliss and terror Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto ah, Carl, while you are not safe I am not safe, and now
youre really in the total animal soup of time and who therefore ran through the icy streets obsessed with a sudden flash of the alchemy of the use of the ellipsis catalogue a variable measure and the vibrating plane,
who dreamt and made incarnate gaps in Time & Space through images juxtaposed, and trapped the archangel of the soul between 2 visual images and joined the elemental verbs and set the noun and dash of consciousness together jumping with sensation of Pater
Omnipotens Aeterna Deus . . . Allen Ginsberg, Howl (195556) Moloch! Solitude! Filth! Ugliness! Ashcans and unobtainable dollars! . . . Moloch the loveless! Mental Moloch! Moloch the heavy judger of men!
Moloch the incomprehensible prison! . . . Moloch the stunned governments! Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo!
Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb! . . . Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone! Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks! Allen Ginsberg, Howl (195556)
Wade in the water Wade in the water Children wade, in the water God's gonna trouble the water
Who's that young girl dressed in white Wade in the water Must be the children of the Israelite
Oh, God's gonna trouble the water Who's that young girl dressed in red Wade in the water
Must be the children that Moses led God's gonna trouble the water Wade in the water, wade in the
water children Wade in the water, God's gonna trouble the water Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water, God's gonna trouble the water Spiritual, published in New Jubilee Songs (1991)
Oh, silver tree! Oh, shining rivers of the soul! In a Harlem cabaret Six long-headed jazzers play. A dancing girl whose eyes are bold
Lifts high a dress of silken gold. Oh, singing tree! Oh, shining rivers of the soul! Langston Hughes, Jazzonia
THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL We real cool. We Left school. We
Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We
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