excerpt from Adrienne Rich poem

From Sibling Mysteries

This is a selection (p.119) from Adrienne Rich’s poem “Sibling Mysteries,” published in the first issue of the feminist magazine

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carving of lotus and birds

Death Could Be Kind

We tend to subconsciously associate darkness with fear and isolation. We tend to stay away from subjects that speak of

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A Spatial Theory

When we are turning away from the center, does the direction in which we turn matter? Lately, and rightly, society

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poem excerpt

Can you, here?

What is poetry's worth in prison? This vertical postcard is a poly-vocal expression of the women writers at Whitworth Women's Facility in Hartwell, Georgia. It is a collage created from lines of our individual poems and prose reflections on poetry's value in our lives. It is also our greeting to you. Can you hear?

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A Chthonic Baedeker

A chthonic baedecker guides through wormholes, those openings in the dark leading elsewhere. Come down here and find us if

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gif of letter blocks

alphabets that build themselves

Language is kinetic, geometric, recombinant, and open to mutation. Loy understood this. Do we yet understand this? May we not

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collage of stills from dance-text performance

Outside of the Air

Stills from a collaborative dance + poem composed of, and in response to, quotations from and “exposures” (questions found letter-by-letter

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Everyday En Dehors Garde

This wallpaper sample is of a pattern that once hung in a suburban kitchen (c. 1960-1970). It is the product

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postcard of handwritten Jorie Graham poem

Translatio Amicorum

Inspired by this flash mob’s form, three friends circulated a series of postcards, with each person creating, adding, and responding

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Giacomo Balla's futurist painting Automobile in Corsa

Envisioning En Dehor Garde Poetics

* Marinetti coins a new mode of writing verse: ‘Parole-in-Libertá’ in a 1913 Essay. Parole-in-Libertá will free poets. There will

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Photo of Lee Brewster, n.d.

Queens Liberation Front

The en dehors garde remembers the moments, places, and things that happen outside the academic that spark the hearts of

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Charles Henri Ford collage

You Carry the Weight of Narcissus

  “Charles Henri Ford and Pavel Tchelitchew,” photograph, by Cecil Beaton. “Narcissus,” photograph, by Charles Henri Ford. “You Carry the

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Dear Papa

Dear Papa: I know you are dead and all, but I came across this lovely book with you in it,

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Margin/Center

Every margin is a new center. Every center is an old margin. There is no outside text; there is only

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Fruta Bomba

This video presents a multimedia view of concentrated Miami hyperku as filtered through an Australian lens which allows them to

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postcard with Mina Loy poem about Gertrude Stein and ballerina drawings with women scientists' names on their legs

Stolen Science

Nobel laureates May-Britt and Edvard Moser work together, and they publish both together and separately. They won along with another

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H.D.'s thimble and her tapestry work

CRAFT AS NEGATIVE SPACE

Background: Tapestry needlework by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) in negative. Foreground: H.D.’s thimble, my finger inside cropped out. Unboxing H.D.’s archive

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postcard with stylized ink drawing of woman with wings

Visualizing the Unseen

Bulletin from the margins of modernism: twentieth-century art blanked our ability to see and understand ornament as a means of

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Reproductive Circus

Once upon a time, you read that Mina Loy did the worst thing a woman could do: abandon her children

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concrete poem by Augusto de Campo

en dehors Moby Dick

To go beyond the usual avant-garde suspects, we must go beyond nationalism. I have included the concrete poem and video

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women at gathering to form a guilt formation

Early Flash Mobs

In 1987, Suzanne Lacy directed one of my favorite artworks of all times, The Crystal Quilt, a gathering of over

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postcard combining Aaron Douglas drawing with argument for including WEB DuBois in avant-garde

Black Avant-Garde

Avant-garde scholarship must acknowledge that race cannot be separated from politics. Avant-gardists of the 20th century, in their goal to

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black and white photo of little girl

Pay Attention

  Any turn outward must include the voices, works, and daily lives of working class individuals. This is my mother,

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Afghan Bands

en dehors is the line bending away but let it twist yet once before returning home inner and outer now

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screen shot of waves from video

The Dunes

I float on the waves where the deer drink water The sun at my hand and the moon at feet,

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cross section drawing of ship carrying enslaved people

Feminism: After Spillers

  But I would make a distinction in this case between ‘body’ and ‘flesh’ and impose that distinction as the

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collage

A language of Deafish

Deaf listening produces fleeting words in a language here called Deafish. Collage of face in Roman fresco with mouth and

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hand with map drawn on it

Unmapping the Caribbean

Unmapping the Caribbean What would a map of sanctuary look like? As artists and educators we, Tao Leigh Goffe and

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8 wrenches in a row

Wrenches

Careful close reading of Mina Loy’s “Are you prepared for the Wrench?” will note that it is addressed in none-too-flattering

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charcoal drawing of interlinked hands

Dear Health “Care”

Dear Health “Care” – What does it look like to care about cures, diagnoses, and medical technologies, ignoring care that

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Jean Toomer

Jean Toomer’s Refusal

Jean Toomer refused to be classified, and it cost him. When he rejected his classification as a black writer, when

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Backward Glances

Shawna Ross considers Katherine Mansfield’s plan for her final book of short stories as a means of speaking about the

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screenshot of woman in yellow room from St. Vincent video

Falling in colour

Last summer, every book I read appeared to be about the colour blue. This year it’s yellow. I’m currently in

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Nella Larsen letter to Gertrude Stein

Nella Larsen, avant-garde? Modernist, yes, but avant-garde? Her writing is hardly in the vein of a Gertrude Stein or a

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