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The Performance of Becoming Human (edition 2016)

by Daniel Borzutzky (Author)

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Daniel Borzutzky's new collection of poetry, The Performance of Becoming Human, draws hemispheric connections between the US and Latin America, specifically touching upon issues relating to border and immigration policies, economic disparity, political violence, and the disturbing rhetoric of capitalism and bureaucracies. To become human is to navigate these borders, including those of institutions, the realities of over- and under-development, and the economies of privatization, in which humans endure state-sanctioned and systemic abuses.--Publisher website.… (more)
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Title:The Performance of Becoming Human
Authors:Daniel Borzutzky (Author)
Info:Brooklyn Arts Press (2016), 98 pages
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sick poems for today. ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
Borzutzky's poetry dwells in a universe of grotesque violence and moral outrage. His anger is directed especially at the ways that states victimize the very people they should be protecting, and his poems depict various forms of state violence in the age of neoliberalism. In formal terms, his poetry centers on the possibilities of the sentence, and only rarely uses lines or stanzas as resources. The sentences are often anaphoric, giving the poems an accretive quality. The book's rage is unrelenting, and I had to read the poems in small doses, but it's totally deserving of the National Book Award, and might be the perfect book of poems to inaugurate this inauspicious political era. ( )
  jalbacutler | Feb 23, 2017 |
A wonderful collection of poems that rage against the world as it is today. Every person that reads this might come to a totally different interpretation but that is the joy of it. To me the book is an indictment of conformity in which people are like slabs of meat. The government also is given the full force of Borzutsky's guns which burn brightly. Another theme is displaced people who are forced. to struggle with situations outside their control. A well deserved award winning collection. ( )
  muddyboy | Dec 24, 2016 |
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