Tuesday, August 2, 2016 |
With ةيلمع Operación Opération Operation 行动 Oперация, Surani draws from two poetic traditions - conceptual poetry, with its appropriation and filtration of language and its methodological focus on establishing rigorous constraints from which poems develop and emerge; and inventory poems that aggregate small parts into larger, inferred meanings. In so doing, he achieves two important aims: On the one hand, he shows that no word is free from connoting violence - where "tulip" and "grasshopper" are equal to "killer" and "bone breaker," no word is inherently innocent, beautiful or good. On the other hand, he provokes people to consider whether their personal values match the values of the military operations that are conducted by their countries, often in the name of protecting and/or representing those same citizens. (From BookThug)
From Operation by Moez Surani ©2016. Published by BookThug.