forgetting as commodity
By Jax NTP | 1 August 2018
grandma disembodies her youth
as if famine isn’t a weapon of war
once she was pregnant
for the fourteenth time
but her husband doesn’t know my mother’s
name from Vietnam’s humidity
to knowing snow in her bones Oklahoma
she said privilege is the ability to plan your burial plot
or to know where your ashes will be disseminated
after mating mother octopuses don’t starve to death
her protoplasm betrays her
epiphanies are nutritious
my grandma said
if you can afford them
my frustration of inheriting cultural loss is equal
to Aristotle’s declaration that octopuses were dumb ocean mass
dear three hearted cephalopods,
the reflexes from grandma’s left fingers
are gone infected from scrounging aluminum recyclables
the past orbits her present strength
oh the difficulty of guessing a tree’s age
when admiring its crisp shadow
an octopus’s production of natural pigment
harms enemies and the self
sometimes knowing where you come from
old leaves fall to make space for new buds
what is post fragmentation
if emptiness is a pretense
what is queer visibility in commodity culture
but spatial subversions
grandma taught me that when octopuses
can’t escape their own ink cloud they cease
dear women who are not embarrassed when their nipples get hard in public, by Jax NTP
did you know that deserts are the first place to thirst
because they were the ancient oceans that dried first
evolution of consciousness and totems for a sea witch
nautilus, squid, cuttlefish, octopus: locomotion defense
i haven’t been able to process joy since i’ve inherited
my mother’s trauma while she was pregnant with me
it is easier to thread the needle if you lick it first, mother
taught me feminine etiquette at a young age i had to let go
erect motion and bait, a simple love story in three parts
cut the deck and draw the strength, trilobite transformations
con không được yêu đàn bà
tell me about all the things we can’t undo
threats are promises people want to keep
at some point, you cannot live in rage, stop fighting
to allow yourself a chance to heal, go on, draw the three of cups
A) Analyze two poems using one poetic lens. Each body paragraph must compare and contrast all poems via one poetic device. Do not analyze poems in isolation (do no analyze one poem per body paragraph).
B) Analyze your poems for thematic discussion. Do not mistake the topic/subject of the poem for the theme of the poem. Subject is the topic of the poem. Theme is the poem’s thesis, the poem’s main argument, the main idea that the poem/poet/speaker expresses about the subject. What is the theme? Do not confuse theme with subject/topic/motif. For example, the poem’s topic/subject is love vs. the poem’s theme/thesis is how to recover from paralysis after lost love.
Identify 2 different poetic devices that poet #1 use to accomplish theme, contribute to thesis, and/or affect the audience
Identify 2 different poetic devices that poet #2 use to accomplish theme, contribute to thesis, and/or affect the audience
C) Use #1,2, 7 as suggestions for organizational units / body paragraphs ideas to discuss your poet’s theme: identity devices/techniques – are they effective or not? – and apply level of (in)effectiveness to theme. You will strategically 3 suggestions to focus your poetic analysis:
1. How does the explicit (obvious) and implicit (indirect) meaning of the poem affect theme? How does rereading each poem, unpacking ambiguity, allow readers to create multiple interpretations of the poem?
2. Discussion “power dynamics,” as in, relationships between:
-speaker and audience and/or person directly addressed, or
-speaker and time/setting/culture/history/self, or
-“title, first line, and last line’s” isolated meaning vs. the entire poem
(similar effect or different? which one is more effective?).
7. How does punctuation (or lack thereof) style, syntax, grammar, tone, voice affect the theme/audience?
Frank O’Hara’s “Personism”
New York School 1960s
• Be Blunt = straight to the point
• Keep poem modest = do not confuse reader
• Be honest
• A poem should be between 2 people NOT 2 pages
• Content must be alive
• Poems should go on Nerves
• Poems should be written with knee-jerk reaction moment/ person
• Sexy pants metaphor
• NY’s: I do this, I do that poet
• Do not use excessive imagery
• Do not overanalyze ideas
• Don’t force subject or poems upon readers
• Avoid technical apparatus = avoid using intentional poetic devices
• Don’t consider reader’s feeling during composition
Topic: Unlearning traditional family values/ Unlearning traditional feminine values
Debatable Thesis: In my selection, both poems by Jax NTP signify a message about women’s rights that housework and family burden do not belong to them via poetic lens by Frank O’hara. “Forgetting as commodity” represents a voice effectively that a woman exploiting history should be removed like forgetting social norms placed on women generations ago is surely advised to do. While “dear women who are not embarrassed when their nipples get hard” is about a courage letter that defied their inhibitions with heavy responsibilities on women.
Poetic lens: Frank O’hara
You must introduce the topic/ theme of the poems= current hook and 2nd sentence are obvious statements of fact
Create strong topic sentence= do not provide quote or evidence, save them for body paragraphs
Do not start or end with quotes or evidence
Avoid MLA in-text citation format error for poetry
*Each topic sentence is applicable to both poems
*Provide at least 2 textual evidence per body paragraph= one quote per poem
*Each body paragraph must compare and contrast both poems via one lens or one poetic device.9 Do not analyze one poem per body paragraph)
*Introduction paragraph must preview the purpose and function of the entire essay:
1) recycle topic sentences and preview them in the intro
2)what is the theme? Provide background commentary NOT summary of poems
3) Provide quick review of each poet= what are their poems normally about= the poems I selected for this essay, is it in line with their usual topics? or it is something different? REQUIRE RESEARCH on GOOGLE
*Avoid using first and second person pronouns
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