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Because September eleven, public discourse has usually been framed by way of absolutes: an age of innocence provides option to a gift below siege, whereas the U.S. and its allies face off opposed to the Axis of Evil. This certain factor of Social textual content goals to maneuver past those binaries towards considerate research. The editors argue that the problem for the Left is to improve an antiterrorism stance that recognizes the legacy of U.S. alternate and international coverage in addition to the range of the Muslim religion and the risks offered by means of fundamentalism of all kinds.Examining the strengths and shortcomings of zone, race, and gender reports within the look for realizing, this factor considers cross-cultural feminism as a way of struggling with terrorism; racial profiling of Muslims within the context of alternative racist logics; and the homogenization of dissent. the difficulty contains poetry, photographic paintings, and a piece of writing via Judith Butler at the discursive house surrounding the assaults of September eleven. This remarkable variety of contributions questions the that means and implications of the occasions of September eleven and their aftermath.Contributors. Muneer Ahmad, Meena Alexander, Lopamudra Basu, Judith Butler, Zillah Eisenstein, Stefano Harney, Randy Martin, Rosalind C. Morris, Fred Moten, Sandrine Nicoletta, Yigal Nizri, Jasbir okay. Puar, Amit S. Rai, Ella Shohat, Ban Wang

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There is a prose poem in Illiterate Heart called “Taxicabwallah,” which is really a meditation on the events of 1984 in Delhi, and the massacres of Sikhs that occurred after the assassination of Indira Gandhi. These become part of the migrant memory of the taxicabwallah in New York City, so too the ghosts of Partition. There is a ghostly trace of histories and nightmares that we have barely awoken from. We hear echoes in what happens now. I first went to Sudan on a boat with my mother in 1956, during the Suez Canal trouble.

II Remember the sage of Königsberg? Thirty-three, burnt out already, pacing the stairwell, in tophat and spats, figuring out footnotes to a doctoral dissertation on Fire. Sparks fly from his wrist and from the throat of a woman first glimpsed in a water meadow. Who can tell what the brilliant Immanuel can or can’t have had in mind? In his Physishe Geographie volcanoes blow their spouts off, wild beasts clamber up higgledy-piggledy ruins. On the ground, the thingness of forms battered down as far as thought might latch onto the tiniest button, tender bell of flesh.

A poem, particularly a lyric poem, can be stored in memory, or perhaps a line or an image. Sometimes when I am writing, it is not just events in my life but other poems that enter into my memory, poems that The Poet in the Public Sphere 37 I have learned, lines from poems, even from poems in translation, that evoke and trigger associations. A sensorium of being. The question of memory is one that has always been with me. For people like us, who are immigrants, it has a particular kind of poignance, a particular kind of cadence, one might say.

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