The collection of essays gathered from A-festival (Hanoi, 2016) explores different notions of the political in poetry. "Politics relating to how groups define themselves and form their identity against odds; gender politics, such as making certain female writers, previously underrepresented, more visible; language politics—which language to use? whose language? when is it allowed and disallowed? what are the consequences of using and misappropriating it?; politics that have to do with governments, regimes, histories and policies; and lastly, politics of the more personal kind manifested in everyday decisions, a form of politics that does not go away, that frightens one but at the same time also enriches one’s writing and sharpens one’s awareness of being alive."
(From the foreword by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho: Not Yet Born and Again: A Community)
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*recommendation: make a pair with companion text ABRACADABRA, the book of poems collected from the same A-festival 2016