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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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Craft Talk 2: Packing Lines with Sound <span class="amp">&</span> Meaning — Rosa Alice Branco, translated by Alexis Levitin

Craft Talk 2: Packing Lines with Sound & Meaning — Rosa Alice Branco, translated by Alexis Levitin

It’s hard to write about craft when you’re talk­ing about a trans­la­tion, espe­cial­ly if you can’t read the orig­i­nal, because it’s not always pos­si­ble to know whose craft you’re talk­ing about, the translator’s or the author’s. So, for exam­ple, while read­ing Alex­is Levitin’s trans­la­tion of Rosa Alice Branco’s Cat­tle of the Lord, I found myself […]

from “Male Lust”

from “Male Lust”

Think of a judi­cial sys­tem that not only favors het­ero­sex­u­al­i­ty but reserves its favor for spe­cif­ic types of het­ero­sex­u­al­i­ty: not S/M—that could cost you your kids; not polyfidelity—that could cost you your kids too; not for pay—that could cost you your kids and put you in jail. Think of the African-Amer­i­can, Lati­no, and Chi­nese men who have been lynched for the mere sus­pi­cion of look­ing at a white woman. What­ev­er bio­log­i­cal ground our bod­ies pro­vide, “male lust” is clear­ly a high­ly regulated—and there­fore social—affair, shaped through a deployed and near­ly ubiq­ui­tous series of sticks and car­rots. Remov­ing these pres­sures, or adopt­ing a dif­fer­ent set, would rad­i­cal­ly change the way we think about the social/biological cat­e­gories “male” and “sex­u­al­i­ty.”

—Ker­win Kay, “Intro­duc­tion” in Male Lust: Plea­sure, Pow­er, and Trans­for­ma­tion

What Does It Mean For Men to Stand With Women When It Comes to Sexual Violence? An Open Letter to Ravi Shankar

What Does It Mean For Men to Stand With Women When It Comes to Sexual Violence? An Open Letter to Ravi Shankar

Dear Ravi, I was part of the dis­cus­sion on Annie Finch’s blog last Octo­ber, when she iden­ti­fied you as a man who had sex­u­al­ly assault­ed her in the past. I am writ­ing this open let­ter to you now because I want, how­ev­er belat­ed­ly, to accept the invi­ta­tion you extend­ed in the title of your response […]

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