June 29, 2016

First Person Plural: Part IV

By Dora Malech

I’m thinking again about Camille Rankine’s poetry and the first person plural—the more-than-singular self. In an earlier post, I spent time with Rankine’s poem “We,”a poem that invokes a collective […]

June 3, 2016

First Person Plural: Part II

By Dora Malech

In thinking about poems concerned with a sense of “we”—a first person plural—Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” might come to mind first. Last year, I did some thinking about that […]

June 1, 2016

First Person Plural: Part I

By Dora Malech

I keep returning to the first person plural: we—what burdens, questions, complications, and opportunities come from a sense of collective self in poetry (and elsewhere). Even the most introductory sociology or […]