A deftly woven book-length poem that questions the existence of universal individual rights such as speech and citizenship, especially in relation to borders, both national and linguistic.
Comfortable neither with the self made entirely through autonomy or genealogy, SPEECH tracks ideas of freedom as a woman walks, threading her way through a cityscape. Place and home are recursively made in this deftly woven book-length poem overlaying west and east, here and there, past and present, citizen and other.
SPEECH is reflection, part-history, mined with precision and care. It is research/commentary: about
hope, dread, life! SPEECH is language, what cities and paperwork have turned people into, what simmers
beneath. Ultimately, SPEECH is Magi: sleuth, seeker, writer, walker.
In SPEECH, both kinds are deconstructed, speeches throughout history are woven in and reflected upon, speech as a given, as a “right,” is pushed against as an assumption, speech of the powerful versus those marked invisible, speech of different kinds: written, verbal, animal and sonic gestures are all carefully considered in this wide torrent of investigatory lyric.