March, 2015

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Finders Keepers: Reactions

Last week I mentioned Kenneth Goldsmith’s performance of his conceptual poem “The Body of Michael Brown.” Goldsmith’s choice to appropriate the content of Michael Brown’s autopsy document has triggered many strong reactions. Here are some that stood out:

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Finders Keepers: Unfiltered

On Friday, Kenneth Goldsmith read a piece he titled “The Body of Michael Brown,” crafted from the content of the Michael Brown autopsy document. The reading brought about strong reactions and questions about the appropriation of the suffering of people of color for publication and personal gain.

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Book Review: The Things I Heard About You

In the poems that comprise The Things I Heart About You, being able to see the speaker’s faults, failures, and attempts to crystallize their position on what they choose to communicate allows the “mistaken,” and the inexact, to remain visible.