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Osbey on the Poem as History | Warscapes (h/t @kalamu)

Thank you to NeoGriot Kalamu ya Salaam for posting this 2013 interview with Brenda Marie Osbey on her long poem History:

“Well, the intent of the work itself isn’t to resist symbol or metaphor, but to reject outright the kind of figurative language that underplays the role of the extreme violence of slavery in the New World project. This specific passage addresses the obscene violence of customary metaphorical use of the word slavery….”

Read the interview: The Poem as History | Warscapes

 

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