Dear Risk Dear Grace Dear Rope Dipped In Wax Dear Thermochromic Ink, Dear Deconstructed Disco Ball Dear Alice Dear echo, echo: What vibrates here is something co-constitutional, a contract exhibited then collapsed b/t oppressor and oppressed. What vibrates is the lesson taught & then what to do with it since “the story of history has changed for us” (Vijay Prashad @theGoldaMeir Library3/3/17). Thank you for your resonations, your interrogations into, positioning, wonder, and woe. –yours, Breath
I offer to Alice a draft of my five-minute soundscape titled "Poem for Sunayana Dumala." It uses bits of recording from Vijay Prashad’s talk at the Scripps College Humanities Institute in November 2016 in which he reads some lines from a poem by Zarlasht Hafeez to begin to say we need to “accumulate for use stories of suffering” when we think about “how to tell the story of the global war on terror from the standpoint of its victims.” You'll hear bits, too of testimony from Dumala, Dexta Daps singing a refrain in MIA's song, Foreign Friend, some original poetry, the start of a 911 call from a bartender in Clinton, Missouri and bits from other news.
*video/soundscape mentioned above was exhibited for echo, echo closing reception- please check back soon for its internet debut...
Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow, poet, and musician. Two of her chapbooks, 'and nevermind the storm' (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and 'Riva: A Chapter' (kitchen-shy press) came out in 2013. Her work has been featured at Fact-Simile Editions, Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly< and various other places. She has an MA from Western Washington University's English Department, an MFA from the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
She's presented, On the Poetics of Anguish, Gender, and Variant Constructions, Thinking its Presence: Race and Creative Writing Conference, From Trauma to Catharsis, Performing the Asian Avant-Garde, and On the Poetics of Both and Neither: a conversation with Ching-In Chen, Bhanu Kapil, Cheena Marie Lo, Soham Patel, and Mg Roberts.