As a poet and essay­ist, my work is root­ed in the impact fem­i­nism has had on my life as a man, par­tic­u­lar­ly as a sur­vivor of child­hood sex­u­al vio­lence. As a lit­er­ary co-trans­la­tor, I write about the rel­e­vance of clas­si­cal Per­sian poet­ry to our con­tem­po­rary lives.

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Antisemitism Has Always Been a Part of My Life — 2

Antisemitism Has Always Been a Part of My Life — 2

In case you didn’t read my pre­vi­ous post, I’m going to repeat here what I wrote there: I don’t know about you—and here I’m address­ing myself to my Jew­ish readers—antisemitism has always been a part of my life. We need to tell the­se sto­ries from our lives, and tell them and insist that they be tak­en seri­ous­ly, not sim­ply […]

Antisemitism Has Always Been a Part of My Life — 1

Antisemitism Has Always Been a Part of My Life — 1

In the con­text of a dis­cus­sion we were hav­ing about an essay I pub­lished last year on Unlike­ly Sto­ries called The Lines That Anti­semitism and Racism Draw, my friend Nan­cy remind­ed me of a con­ver­sa­tion a group of us had about anti­se­mit­ic graf­fi­ti that was show­ing up on the cam­pus where I teach. It gave me, […]

from <i>A Poet’s Work,</i> by Sam Hamill

from A Poet’s Work, by Sam Hamill

The true poet gives up the self. The I of my poem is not me. It is the first per­son imper­son­al, it is per­mis­sion for you to enter the expe­ri­ence which we name Poem.”

—Sam Hamill, “The Neces­si­ty to Speak”

 

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