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Toward a Poetics of Allyship: Rajiv Mohabir’s Radical, Animal Coolitude
MELUS Pub Date : 2021-03-16 , DOI: 10.1093/melus/mlaa063
Howerton A.

Abstract
I offer one alternative to media depictions of migrant bodies as animalistic threat by tracing animal movement in Rajiv Mohabir’s poetry. Mohabir is a queer Indo-Caribbean American poet whose poetry depicts animals’ fettered movement, often a consequence of heteropatriarchal and nationalist operations of power. Mohabir suggests that such artistic productions might align and thus ally themselves with disparate imperiled bodies due in part to the ethics of Coolitude, or, the state of having descended from Indo-Caribbean coolies. Mohabir has revitalized the term in a series of manifestos and craft essays published on Jacket2, where he claims Coolitude poetics as a corrective to the kind of nationalist mindset that would condemn imperiled migrants.Mohabir’s poetry prominently features two kinds of creatures: those who enjoy conditional movement, such as the whales that populate verse from across his career, which denotes a subject’s attempts to free themselves from the conscripts of heterosexual or imperial legacies; and those such as the taxidermied wren or coyotes that adorn his first published collection, The Taxidermist’s Cut (2016). These figures best describe political subjects who have internalized the resentment of their political environment and are consequently destroyed. Mohabir does, however, offer one other figure: the unfettered whale of “Why Whales are Back in New York City” (2017). The whales of this poem represent a subject that succeeds in defending itself from the oppression that distinguishes the rest of his poetry; the poem thus serves as a model of sanctuary.


中文翻译:

迈向联盟的诗学:拉吉夫·莫哈比尔(Rajiv Mohabir)的激进动物温柔

摘要
通过追踪拉吉夫·莫哈比尔(Rajiv Mohabir)诗歌中的动物运动,我提供了一种替代媒体描述移民尸体作为动物威胁的方式。莫哈比尔(Mohabir)是一位奇异的印度裔加勒比裔美国诗人,他的诗歌描绘了动物束缚的运动,这通常是异族制和民族主义权力运作的结果。莫哈比尔(Mohabir)认为,这种艺术作品可能与异端的身体融为一体,从而与自己结成同盟,部分原因是出于酷度的伦理学,或者是从印度加勒比苦力产生的状态。莫哈比尔(Mohabir)在Jacket2上发布的一系列宣言和手工艺文章中重新定义了该术语莫哈比尔(Mohabir)的诗歌突出了两种生物:喜欢有条件运动的动物,例如在他的整个职业生涯中都生活在诗句中的鲸鱼。对象试图摆脱异性恋或帝国遗产的应征者;以及那些装饰了他的第一个已公开收藏的动物标本剥制术的w或土狼,《The Taxidermist's Cut》(2016)。这些数字最能描述政治主体,这些主体已经内化了对其政治环境的不满,因此遭到破坏。然而,莫哈比尔(Mohabir)确实提供了另一个数字:不受约束的鲸鱼“为什么鲸鱼又回到纽约市”(2017年)。这首诗的鲸鱼代表了一个主题,它成功地捍卫了自己,使其免受区别于其余诗作的压迫。这首诗因此成为圣所的典范。
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