[even when issues arise . . .]

By kari edwards 1954–2006 kari edwards
even when issues arise and obedience can not be secured by the bludgeon, the bludgeon remains; when we mention the people, we do not mean the confessional body of the people, we mean particularly itinerant bodies in mechanic flux, preaching freedom beyond flesh pamphlets of authority, concealed in blind devotion. when we mean the people, we mean a people knowing their own strength cast as day laborers, or knowing to a greater part of a lesser known part playing paid intercourse in all connections for the people by the people. when we mean, we mean broke or abrasive worn, once open scream representatives, now incarcerated in a rationalistic shadow land, given a history that merges extruder merchandising with wholesale lots of intermittent dung, or objects for understudy beatings.

kari edwards, “[even when issues arise . . .]” from Bharat jiva. Copyright © 2009 by kari edwards. Reprinted by permission of Litmus Press.

Source: Bharat jiva (Litmus Press, 2009)

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Poet kari edwards 1954–2006


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Active as an artist and a gender activist, kari edwards is the author of post/(pink) (2000), a diary of lies (2002), a day in the life of p (2002), iduna (2003), obedience (2005), and the posthumous Bharat jiva (2009). She received a New Langton Arts Bay Area Award in literature in 2002 and the Small Press Traffic’s book of the year award in 2004.  
edwards resists the idea of gender roles and conventional genre divisions; a . . .

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