June 3, 2018

Little Monsters: On Language {Enunciation}

By Rosebud Ben-Oni

With her severed tongue the shewolf Scoops live water from the jaws of a cloud And again becomes whole                                      —“Burning Shewolf,” Vasko Popa (trans. by Charles Simic)   Upon […]

March 14, 2017

Voyager I Am Singing the Fire

By Rosebud Ben-Oni

Jews, we sing the fire. Our song is of people who care for the fire. We sang from inside fire. For thousands of years in the diaspora, our fire survived through […]

February 18, 2016

The Weight that Will Make Us Planets

By Rosebud Ben-Oni

A week before the Lunar New Year, an old friend whom you met only last year drops you a line, which means you Skype. Lately the computer freezes because he’s […]

August 27, 2014

Language, Race, and Reclamation

By Jerry Harp

Aukeem Ballard, a friend and former student who is now a teacher himself, knows well the multiple and multivalent powers of language. His interest in how language works, how it […]

August 25, 2014

What About Foghat? (Part 1 of 3)

By Elizabeth Breese

In her essay “On Being Ill” Virginia Woolf ponders (and wanders through) the major themes of literature—jealousy, love, war—and the writers who have taught us how to speak on these […]

December 22, 2012

Language as an Artistic Medium

By Amit Majmudar

Visual art, language, and music fall along a spectrum whose two ends are the “representative” and the “nonrepresentative.” By “representation” I mean of the physical world. Historically, a visual art […]