Really honoured to have contributed to this book put together by friends of Anna Campbell, who travelled to Rojava to join the YPJ in 2017, and was killed by Turkish Forces in Afrin in March last year. The book includes writings about Haukur, reported to have died in Afrin a few weeks before Anna. I spent much of the past year trawling through old notebooks from the time we spent together in Iceland, trying to come to terms not only with his death but with what it means to make this kind of political commitment, to refuse to look away from 'here' or 'elsewhere', what it means to really see.
Essay on Kim Hyesoon's new collection and the emphasis on elevation, objectivity and disconnection within current review culture.
Essay thinking through poetry in the 70s, the politics of persona poetry, and the unreasonable expectations we so often demand of poetry.
"Like Schrödinger’s Cat, a poem is altered simply by our looking (as are we). Whatever may be proclaimed about solitude and writing, nothing occurs in isolation – not writing, not reading, not feeling. It is an everlasting exchange, a dialogue with books older than grandparents, memories that feel come clearer to us than what we had for breakfast – dreams, lists, who is in the room, who isn’t in the room." On a new collection of poems by Forrest Gander.
The "good intentions" sustaining the "crisis" that is in fact capitalism - those there to "do Calais" for a week before heading off to volunteer in an orphanage in India or go vacationing in Saudi Arabia, the dehumanising objectification of people they're "helping" in similar (and just as dangerous) ways as the state, and off-the-chain cognitive dissonance in dis\understanding this.