The questions asked in his poetry often boil down to, “What really happened then?” and“What’s really going on today?” Because America is
postcolonial. Just cause the white people
across the pond left the white people over here alone doesn’t meant that colonialism is not still
happening (the remaining areas of Western colonization being Australia, New Zealand, South Africa,and
) and for the minorities in those areas that have not reached the postcolonial stage,colonialism and its effects on everyday life are going to constantly be an issue.
I’m definitely going to be looking more at the ideas of Alexei’s poetry than his techniq
is not a poetry craft class, it’s a literary class, and the point of literature is to convey an idea, appoint,
an idea etc., so our focus as students should be on the ideas that are being conveyed and discussthem. Not only that but often when minorities write poetry that is very frank about their ideas, the
discussion of a poet’s technique is
often used to so as not to discuss the more inflammatory aspects of the writing. I do not think that this is completely conscious or purposeful, especially on the part of thestudent and it is even understandable since the topics may not be as easily relatable to a readingaudience that is majority white but
I’m not going to do that.
That is not to say that technique is unimportant. Actually technique frequently is a vehicle for
of the poet’s idea
and an examination of such adds depth to the discussion what a poet is or is not
trying to say. But the discussion of technique should be in the context of the discussion of the poet’s“message”.
Rethinking a historical figure often set up as a hero against injustice(differences/
similarities to June Jordan’s “Notes on the Peanut” though from a different