{ mooncake }

the fragments are then so many stones on the perimeter of a circle

--roland barthes




awp; updates; “coast/pole 4”
In Seattle I will be reading Friday (2/28), 6p @ The Pine Box with Sonora Review (I have a new piece in issue 64/65).
Feeling apprehensive about AWP, but I wanted to redeem my previous solitary experience which involved bed bugs, a severe cold, and excessive hermiting.
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An interview at SF Weekly, a lovely experience. 
Belated thank you to Mid-American Review and Richard Garcia for choosing my poem as winner of the 2013 Fineline Competition. The issue is full of amazing work, as usual.
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And:
[eben goff], this beautiful thing.
(image+text, layers/filters/translations, terrain of the ocean, record/document, measurement through indirect means.)
Feb 24

awp; updates; “coast/pole 4”

In Seattle I will be reading Friday (2/28), 6p @ The Pine Box with Sonora Review (I have a new piece in issue 64/65).

Feeling apprehensive about AWP, but I wanted to redeem my previous solitary experience which involved bed bugs, a severe cold, and excessive hermiting.

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An interview at SF Weekly, a lovely experience. 

Belated thank you to Mid-American Review and Richard Garcia for choosing my poem as winner of the 2013 Fineline Competition. The issue is full of amazing work, as usual.

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And:

[eben goff], this beautiful thing.

(image+text, layers/filters/translations, terrain of the ocean, record/document, measurement through indirect means.)

I have a short prose piece in Quarter After Eight. Thanks to the editors for choosing it as winner of the 2012 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest. Nu Wa: The Flood is based on the folktale.

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[from Aug 13]

Five of my "Letters to Mao" are up at Web Conjunctions (8.13.13).

Oct 28
nu wa: the flood / from “letters to mao”
observations
"Your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.
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They live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities
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They place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world
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On the other hand, they operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand.
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This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in…not being as organized…
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They are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.
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They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive them into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies.”
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[portrait of an INFJ]
Aug 26

observations

"Your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit with your personal value system.

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They live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities

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They place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world

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On the other hand, they operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand.

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This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in…not being as organized…

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They are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive.

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They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive them into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies.”

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[portrait of an INFJ]

[opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/03/writers-as-architects/]

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"In architecture, once you remove the skin — the “language” of walls, ceilings and slabs — all that remains is sheer space."

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"how does one design and build using emptiness as a construction material? How do we perceive space? And how does it affect us?"

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"spatial relationships, repetition, reflection, sequence, transparency, tension, pacing, chronology… Any architectural question is answered from a literary point of view; any literary issue is addressed by a spatial idea."

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(I like this act of translation: building a house/structure to represent the feeling/essence of a text.)

Aug 6
house : text

www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1273135/protesters-call-universal-suffrage-and-political-reform-handover

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[2012] [2011a] [2011b]

Jul 1
"protesters call for universal suffrage"
twenty-four years
From SCMP: “An opinion piece in the Shaanxi-based Huashang Daily read on Tuesday: ‘As those who are alive, we have to find out why those who died had died, we have to assume responsibility for those who died, we have to guarantee security for those who are alive.’ The piece titled ‘We have to wake up from a historical tragedy’ referred to the fire in Jilin province, but many understood it as a veiled reference to the Tiananmen incident.”
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http://vimeo.com/14192175#
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[Twenty-three] [Twenty-two]
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[image: https://twitter.com/chingyuenCY]
Jun 4

twenty-four years

From SCMP: “An opinion piece in the Shaanxi-based Huashang Daily read on Tuesday: ‘As those who are alive, we have to find out why those who died had died, we have to assume responsibility for those who died, we have to guarantee security for those who are alive.’ The piece titled ‘We have to wake up from a historical tragedy’ referred to the fire in Jilin province, but many understood it as a veiled reference to the Tiananmen incident.”

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http://vimeo.com/14192175#

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[Twenty-three] [Twenty-two]

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[image: https://twitter.com/chingyuenCY]

"in pursuit of an underwater menagerie"
NYT: “Glass Mirrors Life in the Seas”
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I can’t stop looking at this. There are poems in here.
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Also, the popular name for Phacellophora camtschatica is egg-yolk jellyfish, and it eats gelatinous zooplankton.
May 6

"in pursuit of an underwater menagerie"

NYT: “Glass Mirrors Life in the Seas

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I can’t stop looking at this. There are poems in here.

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Also, the popular name for Phacellophora camtschatica is egg-yolk jellyfish, and it eats gelatinous zooplankton.

NPR Code Switch: frontiers of race, culture, and ethnicity

"The Only Thing That Remains"

"The Stigma of Immigrant Languages"

"27 Signs…Asian Immigrant Parents"

"To All the White Girls…"

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And on the Tsarnaev brothers:

NYT: “What’s the Difference between McVeigh & Tsarnaev?”

Aljazeera: “The Wrong Kind of Caucasian”

The Daily Show

Apr 25
{notes}

Which I’ve been keeping for myself like a secret: Bewilderment by Fanny Howe.

Apr 13
bewilderment as a poetics and an ethics

accumulated over time:

I. “There is what I call ‘the master narrative of American history,’ the familiar but mistaken story that this country was settled by European immigrants and that Americans are white or European in ancestry… In US history courses, what have they learned about Asian Americans or Peurto Ricans or Chicanos or the native peoples of this country or even African Americans?… Americans are not thinking about who is an American, it’s in the air, it’s an unacknowledged assumption that American means white or European ancestry.” [Ronald Takaki on NPR, “Living in a Multicultural America,” 2008]

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II. “By about 3-5 years old, kids start labeling themselves with racial terms.” Racial groups as a social construction: while children notice racial differences very early on, they don’t learn the rules of how our society treats different racial groups until elementary school. [“How Do Children Process, Learn About Race?,” 2008]

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III. The politics of defining racism: ”With the modern rise of scientific disciplines, racism had access to a whole new language. When that language was discredited…new forms of expression were found—those others don’t share our way of life, they cook food that smells, they control the media, or they have a culture of criminality… Racism proceeds through euphemism and code” [dissentmagazine.org]

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IV. On the phenomenon of PSY: [therumpus.net/] [racialicious.com]

Mar 17
multiculturalism, race, and american identity