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  1. Melissa Melissa says:

    When they said they'd split me in two I was overjoyed wanting to get at the rip of thingsHow to inhabit the sensation of livingWe are without allegiance We are royal in our independenceWhen the I speaks it speaks into an other's speech This is a labor Next to her a learned man is gray and wearing comfortable shoes He does not think about the shoes he simply wears them he seeps it's impossible to determine the monument of his instructional valueThey can't figure out why the rapes keep happeningBlood point of needle Carnal hovering It is we who say they were protected and at the same time fetish I love the way this book implies its truths and here I think it is pretty clear though there were many other times when I felt like everything was pointing to something right outside my frame of reference and try as I might I couldn't put it together uite Would benefit from a re reading but still there are these searing moments this anger outrage complicity rebellion fact stating bravery that is undeniable and powerful Something I wish to see of in poetry

  2. Chaneli Chaneli says:

    I don't eve know how to talk about this collection but it's definitely one i want to come back to because there are so many powerful lines and truths all around on history and our current state today as well as the self I'm very eager to pick up of Martin's work

  3. Meg Meg says:

    I'm not saying I understood every thing exactly but it feels important to keep reading and rereading

  4. Loretta Loretta says:

    A woman stands naked in the corner of an art studio She is leaning into the crevice surrounded by the sharp ninety degree angles of the white walls – far from passive her arm is arched over her head one knee slightly bent She is posing gracefully sensually A man is in the foreground He is clothed He holds his head in his hands or he looks straight ahead hand on hip Paintings fill much of the space between the man and the woman implying that the man is an artist that this woman is his subject It is impossible to argue that although the woman inhabits the distant corner of this image she is at its center She is what pulls the observer’s gaze – even this moment implies the gaze of the man who is turned away from her And yet in actuality the tableaux I describe is the work of performance based artist Carrie Mae Weems She is in fact the nude woman in the corner impossible to ignore Who then is framing whom? Who is the model and who is the artist? Can the violence of the male gaze particularly directed at women of color be subverted perhaps through the productive and reciprocal relationship of staring? It is this visual text Dawn Lindy Martin doesn’t merely evoke but places suarely in front of the mind’s eye of her readers In the first poem of her collection Life in a Box is a Pretty Life Martin begins “MODERN FRAME OR A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE ON WHAT REMAINS BETWEEN HISTORY AND THE LIVING BREATHING BLACK HUMAN FEMALE After Carrie Mae Weem’s Framed by Modernism 1996” 1 Martin cries out to her readers in all caps asking them to see the black human female how living breathing women of color have carved out their own space despite attempts to confine both their bodies and their minds addressing systemic and individual attempts to reduce black human females to bodies made of muscle bone sexual organs Most importantly Martin teachers her readers how to read her work Martin goes on to write “To feel a presence they say can be like a haunting” 1 This line introduces an ambiguity that permeates her work Whose haunting presence is Martin addressing? The living breathing white human male? Perhaps The uestion who is haunting who is couched in the lines “What would we do without her? How would we know ourselves?” 1 Martin stares back from the male gaze with these uestions The critic and poet Sueyeun Juliette Lee accurately describes Martin’s work as “challenging evocative necessary” Most challenging is Dawn Lundy Martins ability to provoke her reader to make them feel uncomfortable and yet strangely satisfied upon reading her poems The use of parataxis in many of her poems builds a momentum that doesn’t let up And the boxed form of many of the poems in the collection can give the reader an almost claustrophobic feeling at times However this claustrophobic feeling is paradoxically liberating for what it does not allow to be said In one of her poems published on the Poetry Society of America website she writes of “The hardness of silence its tremendous matter the nothing that is some thing and of its coming” This I think is what the occasional un pretty repetition of the form did to and for me Her work is containment within containment created through the use of uotes for example – “black” “brown” “blackness” “poor” – and the brackets that contain phrases and sentences such as “The body in the basement is bobbled with welts It cries and cries in a wet corner We must leave this in the well” 14 Or even striking are the brackets that contain blacked out words or nothing at all This effect is not one that seems to replicate a series of nested boxes but rather a tesseract With language Martin makes moves from representation to perception turning into systemic repression turning outward into resistance turning vertically into history turning horizontally into the present moment into erasure into what needs to be written These moves ultimately force what is not said to seep out of the edges Throughout the text Martin’s incorporation of language from texts such as “The Degeneracy of the American Negro”; “The Negro uestion”; and Race Traits and Tendencies of the American Negro are not called out explicitly as she does with the work of Carrie Mae Weem An intentional and self conscious calling attention to the way language is used in an attempt to disembody women of color –the way the humanity dignity sexual autonomy safety is compromised of course by violent acts but also by and through language Particularly the written word The texts she incorporates were written to indoctrinate to weave an anthropological and historical narrative But beneath Martin’s pen the racist paternalistic language of these texts then is repurposed She writes “For thousands ofyears there liesbehind the race onedreary unrelieved monotonous chapterof ignorance nakednesssuperstition savagery” 55 The speaker in the next line exclaims “When we encounter the savage we are in reverie” 55 She calls out the authors of these texts as well as the larger white “we” and turns their own language on them pointing out their need for daydreaming and conjuring an other again in order to define themselves as “pristine” It is particularly poignant to me that words such as “white” and “whiteness” are absent However the words and their connotations loom around the poems The white space pushing up against the neatly boxed poems make Martin’s resistance and empowerment all the impactful

  5. Kate Kate says:

    The 2 stars reflects my personal taste; it wasn't bad it just wasn't a style I really got into

  6. Alma Q Alma Q says:

    How rare to finish a book of poetry on the same day it is started How rare then to return to it immediately This is something I wish to internalize and then spit out again if possible; resolutely depressing yet begging to be heard the world overI'm not making much sense am I? I hope this is not making you the collective of potential readers afraid the box being than references and knowable to all I think? but at root black and ueer and most familiar to bodies deemed female To be in memory destructive impulsesa worship in the side room of the mind Survival skills liturgyExcept who was taken? We want to imagine our connections like sweet waterExcept the possibility of complete missingness of the person Sometimes in spite of myself the word GodA book is nothing they sayA want to theorize this phrase but then flesh just goneTisa tells me about the coming dirt shortage p 51I wish I could do it justice say things other than modern poetry really really isn't so intimidating once the right collection is found I wish someone hesistant out there will give this one a chance But you kind of knew that already

  7. Joe Milazzo Joe Milazzo says:

    What is the body but a leaking form? No room for leaking A form so tight around my form it cannot seep or gesture Complete enclosure

  8. Jacob Wren Jacob Wren says:

    Indeed we need something against which the pristine can manifest itself can create its artifice of pristineness

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Life in a Box is a Pretty Life ❮Reading❯ ➸ Life in a Box is a Pretty Life Author Dawn Lundy Martin – Dawn Lundy Martin's Life in a Box is a Pretty Life investigates the ways in which language claims absolute knowledge and draws a box around lived experience Martin writes poems that seek out moments w Dawn Lundy Martin's Life in a Box a Box Kindle Ï is a Pretty Life investigates the ways in which language claims absolute knowledge and draws a box around lived experience Martin writes poems that seek out moments when the box buckles or breaks poems that suggest there is Life in a Box is a Pretty Life continues Martin's investigation into what is produced in the interstices between the body experience and language and how alternative narratives can yield some other knowledge about what it means to be black or female or ueer in Life in PDF \ contemporary America.

  • Paperback
  • 87 pages
  • Life in a Box is a Pretty Life
  • Dawn Lundy Martin
  • English
  • 11 June 2014