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22/30: imogen xtian smith

Today we are spending some time with "body checks" a poem written after Etel Adnan.


This poem brings the individual and collective body together really elegantly by not shying away from using the socio-political language to talk about both the individual and the collective. Think of poems you've written (or tried to write) addressing personal and shared grief or struggle. What vocabulary have you shied away from because it felt "too large-scale" or "too political?" Use it. Trying to parse individual lives and art from collective and systemic issues only weakens are connection to one another and the impact of the art we create.

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