52 Condensed Pages of a Collaged Manifesto | Doveglion Press

I sent the letter below out to community & the results are this collaged manifesto in 2 parts up here: http://www.doveglion.com/2011/07/ching-in-chen-52-condensed-pages-of-a-collaged-manifesto-side-a/

Dear lovelies:

You are receiving this invitation because the fabulously and variously talented Barbara Jane Reyes and Oscar Bermeo have asked me to submit a poetics manifesto for Doveglion Press.

(For more on what a manifesto entails, go to: http://www.doveglion.com/2010/07/manifesto or check out the amazing manifestos of my writing peers)

As I’ve been thinking about what makes up my poetry and creative work, I have always been surrounded by strong community and collaboration, pulling from what’s around me, the work of my peers and also the lineage of artists who have come before.I wanted to write this poetics manifesto using, altering, collaging, sampling remixing the words and fragments of you who are in my life.  If you got this e-mail, perhaps you have collaborated with me in the past, or you belong to one of my communities, or are in the constellation of my life, or I am curious about you.  Whatever it was, your energy surfaced for me in this moment.In pulling from the lineage of artists who have come before, I am following in the footsteps of:

Doug Kearney — http://www.douglaskearney.com/
Myung Mi Kim — http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/kim/
Orlando White — http://www.fishousepoems.org/archives/orlando_white/index.shtml
Claudia Rankine — http://www.claudiarankine.com/
Cathy Park Hong — http://cathyparkhong.com/
Gloria Anzaldua — http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/anzaldua.php
Larissa Lai & Rita Wong — http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/9780978498139/sybil-unrest.aspx
Noah Purifoy — http://www.noahpurifoy.com/
Catalina Cariaga — http://www.durationpress.com/subpress/cultural.htm
Layli LongSoldier — http://www.amerinda.org/newsletter/13-2/longsoldier.html#1
Betye Saar — http://www.betyesaar.net/
Juan Felipe Herrera — http://www.juanfelipe.org/
Akilah Oliver — http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Oliver.php
Kimiko Hahn — http://bombsite.com/issues/96/articles/2834
Sharon Bridgforth — http://sharonbridgforth.com/content/
Lily Hoang — http://lilysvirtualpad.blogspot.com/
* Check them out if you haven’t before:-)

I am also thinking of Bhanu Kapil’s brilliant book, The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers. Over many years, she asked a series of South Asian women she met randomly (on the street, in the airport, in the subway) a series of 12 questions, recorded them in notebooks and then wrote a beautiful hybrid book which “contains words, lines, sentences, fragments, stories, phonemes and images taken from those notebooks.”  This audio clip features Bhanu Kapil talking about the origins of The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers and reading from the project:


So what does this mean for you?  If you would like to participate, please respond with a YES.  I will then send you 12 open-ended questions.  You can answer in whichever way you are moved to — off-the-cuff, improvisationally, in deep meditation, whichever feels right to you.



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