As part of the 2017 Summer writers residency we published Chi Tran’s chapbook, I occupy space, which is to say, i am always grieving. The chapbook is currently sold out but we will be doing a reprint soon. Please email us if you would like to be notified when more copies become available.
A review of I occupy space, which is to say, i am always grieving in Overland by Autumn Royal
I occupy space, which is to say, i am always grieving – Chi Tran (Incendium Radical Library)
Someone writes the word controversial but I think they might mean cruel. Then blood and pleasure are, once again,
made normal, and I remember what I had been told to forget.
The title of Chi Tran’s debut collection reads as a necessary aphorism. The two commas in the title: I occupy space, which is to say, i am always grieving offer moments for breath and reflection. The title is especially stirring for its acknowledgement of the ‘I/i’ which in turn activates the ‘U/u’ as reader. You are reading and therefore inhabiting this text. There is also a subtitle that expresses: ‘a small text / on identity and prosody’, further amplifying the existential and linguistic concerns of Tran’s poetry. The collection is comprised of two poetic sequences that create tension between articulation and actuality, unravelling the paradoxical and ideological elements of language.
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Transformative Justice Camp Notes and resources
As part of the Transformative Justice Camp, held in 2017, the library published notes and resources from the discussions shared. The full pdf is available... here.