In Her Poetry, Mónica Teresa Ortiz Immortalizes the Act of Remembering

In Her Poetry, Mónica Teresa Ortiz Immortalizes the Act of Remembering

Monica ortiz in la perla, Austin, TexasIn his 2011 work Necropolitics, philosopher and African history and politics scholar Achille Mbembe writes about “necropolitics,” a term he coined in reference to how political and social powers subjugate certain people to death through colonization, imperialism, and domination. Texas writer mónica teresa ortiz has incorporated this concept into her own work as a poet, exploring how forming creative communities is a political act in the face of oppression. “Everyone dies,” ortiz says. “But no one deserves to die because of policy or brutality or empire. As a poet, I am interested in social, civil, or physical death and its relationality to geography, history, and society.”  These themes are especially evocative in her first chapbook, muted blood. In it, ortiz ruminates on what people conceive of…View Original Post

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