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Party Like It’s 1898! September 23, 2016: The day Prince died I had just arrived in San Francisco (fashionably late, of course) for Kuwentuhan (Talkstory), a project conceived and curated by the poet Barbara Jane Reyes, who co-produced it [...] by

The Machinations of Translation September 16, 2016: “Something that would definitively wipe out memory, maybe.” Juan Carlos Flores (1962-2016), “Machi-nation,” as translated by Kristin Dykstra I had been planning a post about recent Latin [...] by

Diasporican Poets Mixtape: Side Two September 13, 2016: In my last post, I commented on five poems by diasporic Puerto Rican poets published in 2015. Here, for side two of my mixtape, I will comment on some Diasporican poems published during the first [...] by

Diasporican Poets Mixtape: Side One September 8, 2016: It’s been a challenging twenty months for Puerto Rico. Against the backdrop of an ongoing economic and political crisis and the PROMESA bill’s imposition of a financial control board or [...] by

Experiments in Joy: Cut the Cake or Ven Devórame Otra Vez August 31, 2016: You give yourself to something and it sucks on you until you disappear —Lisa Samuels, Tomorrowland (Deep Surface Productions, 2012) I. Along the continuum of desire. —An invitation to follow the [...] by

Carving the Mask: Notes on Re-entering Tomorrowland August 29, 2016: A surrender Vessel and vehicle for interstitial visions City that never sleeps I. Divided Mind Sometimes when I set about writing I want also to be somewhere else. This time it is with friends in [...] by

Cake Somebody Momma Made & She Put Her Foot in It August 26, 2016: I. From “Blood Labyrinth” I split and split again and wade in pools of skin to gather into folds. There is a rhythm to it and a rhyme and a burgeoning desire.      Part [...] by

Serious Play August 18, 2016: I. The I in the Center of Experiment Giving myself the assignment to conduct experiments in joy this past spring was initially a way to shift my approach to following through on something I had [...] by

‘I set about writing wanting to give you something I love’ August 11, 2016: Music, I decide, and choose a favorite playlist. ♪  It’s my pre-show audio, a compilation of disco tunes I like to blast over the theater’s main sound system in the hour of prep before the [...] by

‘Although it felt like a confession’; or, Introducing the Harri Blogject: The HarriPoG and Other Experiments in Joy August 5, 2016: I. False starts Although it felt like a confession as I began to type this, I knew that it was not. I was safe in my own apartment standing at the edge of my bed listening to the rhythmic whir of the [...] by