• FIELD THEORIES - four -

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    "We are everybody we love. We are inside them."

    || filmed with Roland Dahwen Wu & Patua Films ||

    "At Harlem Hospital across the street from the Schomburg the only thing to eat is a Big Mac"
    READ THE FULL POEM HERE @ The Academy of American Poets' Poem-of-the-Day: https://t.co/zQ2NH0eYwF

    :: in love with ::

    Keyon Gaskin
    Sidony O’Neal
    Michele Matteini
    Derek Applewhite
    Jakelyne Finan
    Victor I. Cares
    Andrew Bahari Spencer
    Alissa Jenkins
    Derrais Carter
    Dao Strom
    Shayla Lawson
    Ryan Gray
    Ntuiu Arrey
    LaShandra Sullivan
    Ryan Fink
    Ruth McFarlane
    Christopher Rose

    ** See FIELD THEORIES - one - here: vimeo.com/182501004 **

    ** See FIELD THEORIES - two - here: vimeo.com/187739346

    ** See FIELD THEORIES - three - here: vimeo.com/193123189

    Field Theories wends its way through quantum mechanics to chicken wings and Newports, love and a shoulder’s chill, melding blackbody theory (idealized perfect absorption, as opposed to the whitebody’s idealized reflection) with real live Black bodies. Albert Murray said, “the second law of thermodynamics ain’t nothing but the blues.” So what is the blue of how we treat each other, ourselves, of what this world does to us, of what we do to this shared world? Woven through experimental lyrics is a heroic crown of sonnets that wonders about love and intent, identity and hybridity, and how we embody these interstices and for what reasons and to what ends.

    These poems span lyric, narrative, dramatic, and multi-media experience, engaging their containers while pushing against their constraints.

    FIELD THEORIES, by Samiya Bashir
    Nightboat Books || 2.1.2017

    Samiya Bashir’s previous books, including Gospel, Where the Apple Falls, and Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. She makes poems of dirt, zeros & ones, text & light. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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