Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Please Welcome: Diana Hamilton

For those of you who already have Kim Rosenfield's re: evolution, you'll notice a very smart essay immediately following the text, entitled "Out of the soup and the blue: don't everyone evolve at once." The essayist is Diana Hamilton. She writes about Rosenfield's use of science in re: evolution. Here's how the piece begins:

re: evolutio
n lets science have its say. Kim Rosenfield's ability to include mulitple voices without submitting any to the criticism of a single author(ity) enables her to appropriate text from several sources, mostly scientific ones, to create a remarkable democracy of perspecitive. Yet there's no defensiveness distancing the author from the voices just introduced, nor is it easy to come to a totalized understadnign of her text—an effort that might render the polyvocal effect moot, or mute, as the meaning-end would undermine the writing-process. These effects in re: evolution help elude the sort of conclusions reading expects, but they are also what make Rosenfield's poetry such an effective site for breaking down rigid systems of knowledge, including conventional analyses of poetry.

Diana Hamilton goes on to make many many excellent points, so many, in fact, that we want to hear more for her. So we've asked her to join in as a Les Figues guest blogger, and happy for all of us, she's agreed. Diana lives in Brooklyn and is co-coordinator of the Friday Night Reading Series at St. Mark's Church. Her poetry has been published in The Portable Book Reader 3: An Anthology of New York City Poetry, which you can download for free here: http://welcometoboogcity.com/boogpdfs/bc 53.pbr3.pdf
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Welcome, Diana!

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