sx salon 32 is now available online. “In sx salon 32, an open issue, three very different discussion essays engage the themes of space and place and reflect on how Caribbean people move through, shape, and are shaped by their natural and built surroundings.”
Carol Bailey’s essay on Kei Miller’s The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion traces Miller’s use of distinctively Caribbean linguistic and rhetorical strategies to reclaim Caribbean spaces from the psychological and material constriction resulting from Euro-imperialist epistemologies. Rojo Robles examines the 1968 documentary The World of Piri Thomas, elaborating the ways that the Nuyorican poet Thomas and the African American photographer/filmmaker Gordon Parks bring their poetic and visual engagements with the New York cityscape to their collaborative “denunciation of poverty and systemic abandonment.” And Amílcar Sanatan interviews the Trinidadian poet and activist Colin Robinson, discussing Robinson’s insights into LGBTI organizing, movement building in diverse locations, and writing as “a site, a tool for testimony, for narcissism, for license, for pleasure, for adventure, for remediation, for risk.”
Also in this issue, Canisia Lubrin reviews Wordplanting, by Kendel Hippolyte; Laëtitia Saint-Loubert reviews Lo terciario / The Terciary, by Raquel Salas Rivera, and Ricantations, by Loretta Collins Klobah; Alejandro Stephano Escalante reviews Escenas transcaribeñas: Ensayos sobre teatro, performance y cultura, by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes; Daniel Arbino reviews Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry, by Jasminne Méndez; and Matthew Davidson reviews Empire’s Guestworkers: Haitian Migrants in Cuba during the Age of US Occupation, by Matthew Casey. Our Prose and Poetry section contains poems by Janine Shand and Geoffrey Philp and a short story from Justin Haynes.
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