Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Robert Fitterman Introduces Sophia Le Fraga, Feminlist

Feminlist

womenthol cigarettes
womanchego cheese
womanila envelopes
womandala
womandolin
womannequin
womanicure
womansion
Charles Womanson
Marilyn Womanson
Womandy Moore
Paul Newoman
Newoman's Own
sediwomentary rock
womanatee
womanta ray
praying womantis
salawomander
womandarin
womango
womantle
diswomantle
Gerwoman
Womanhattan
womanic depression
womental disorder
womaniac
Prewomenstrual Syndrome
hywomen
womanslaughter
womention
cewoment
cowomment
cowommendable
repriwomandible
monuwomental
ornawomental
womanager
womentor
elewoment
womandible
rowomance
browomance


-Sophia Le Fraga

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I am very excited and pleased to introduce the poet Sophia Le Fraga. Her text included here, Feminlist, is a startling poem where each item in a list is embodied with the word woman. This bold insertion complicates and contributes to new ways to think about feminism in conceptual poetry. Le Fraga’s womanlist marks a subtle and convincing insight into the expansion and contraction of language and gender. The list is not meant to be complete, but instead is carefully orchestrated with humor, (womanchego cheese), with commodity (Paul Newoman), and with larger issues of womanhood (womanic depression). In other words, this piece rocks!

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Robert Fitterman is the author of 10 books of poetry including: The Sun Also Also Rises, war the musical, Metropolis XXX: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edge Books), Metropolis 16-29 (Coach House Press), Metropolis 1-15 (Sun & Moon Press), This Window Makes Me Feel (www.ubu.com). Metropolis 1-15 was awarded the Sun & Moon “New American Poetry Award (2000)” and Metropolis 16-29 was awarded the Small Press Traffic “Book of the Year Award (2003)”. With novelist Rodrigo Rey Rosa, he co-authored the film What Sebastian Dreamt which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival (2004) and the Lincoln Center LatinBeat Festival (2004). He has been a full-time faculty member in NYU’s Liberal Studies Program since 1993. He also teaches poetry at the Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies at Bard College.

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