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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 131–154.
Published: 01 November 2019
... an article in a Havana newspaper on the late-nineteenth-century queer Cuban modernista poet Julián del Casal that advocated for a decolonial poetics of reception and failure and a creative use of the artist’s archive. This is the first published English translation of Lezama Lima’s “Julián del Casal...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 1–15.
Published: 01 November 2013
.... It follows, then, that Brand's long poem might be read as an inventory that calls into question the grounds through which urbicide is made possible and commonsense. Read in this way, what the decolonial poetics of Inventory demand is that we, its readers, be held accountable for the deadly moral codes...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 144–153.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Rocío Zambrana This reflection on Ren Ellys Neyra’s The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020) engages their reading of Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s cinema, paying particular attention to sensorial actualities that offer apprehension of the past of colonial violence...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 22–35.
Published: 01 March 2020
... of a science of human systems.” 21 Thus for Wynter, literature, poetics, and the studia humanitatis are critical for the project of radically remapping the human. 22 My engagement with the literary poetics of Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic writers in diaspora and exile is sustained through decolonial...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 11–21.
Published: 01 March 2020
... of literary multilingualism. Consequently, these writers employ a broad range of literary strategies that enrich decolonial conversations about social transformation by imagining models of communication that challenge colonial language hierarchies. Copyright © 2020 by Small Axe, Inc. 2020...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (2 (71)): 179–188.
Published: 01 July 2023
... potential to “shatter what has provided a container” (209). It is in its potential for rupture that I move from the mere seduction of poetics to engage Gosine’s work, first and foremost, as clearing ground for a Caribbean queer decolonial praxis. Law, for example, and all of its related taxonomies...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 143–153.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Shanna Jean-Baptiste This essay explores the decolonial future imagined by the Black women who make up Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel’s Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (2020). A much-needed project of historical redress, Joseph-Gabriel’s study...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (1 (70)): 34–50.
Published: 01 March 2023
... encounters between them . . . an innovation, as distinct from a continuation, of the past they have known.” 53 The politics of feeling lies at the heart of Lamming’s decolonial poetics. Feeling deserves more attention in his fiction. 1 George Lamming, introduction to The Pleasures of Exile...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 194–196.
Published: 01 July 2022
.... Ellis Neyra is the author of The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020). Three new book projects are underway: one titled “Re-reading: The Violence of Relation”; another about the Kardashians, Bobbitts, and domesticity and violence; and a third about the long history...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 57–71.
Published: 01 July 2019
... and critiques European historiographical methods. Whereas writers such as Aimé Césaire and Léopold Sédar Senghor present Negritude, paradoxically, as both establishing continuity between the modernist present and the African past and marking a historical break from their poetic predecessors, Sainville argues...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 176–193.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Ren Ellis Neyra This response essay engages the three book discussion essays by Ronald Mendoza–de Jesús, Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, and Rocío Zambrana on The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020). Following questions of anti-Blackness in Spanish Caribbean (especially...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 147–162.
Published: 01 November 2016
... ). Cultural and linguistic interaction in contact zones or in borderlands of empire like the Caribbean include innovative translators, poets, and theorists of the hispanophone Caribbean diaspora who articulate in-between subjectivity, bilingual poetic forms, and the constant work of cultural translation...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 18–34.
Published: 01 July 2018
... one hopes to bring into existence. Copyright © 2018 by Small Axe, Inc. 2018 futurity political imagination Fanonian leap undecidability decolonial turn At the end of his two major works, Frantz Fanon suggests something of a beginning. “The real leap ,” he tells us in closing Black...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 154–162.
Published: 01 July 2022
...Petra R. Rivera-Rideau This essay applies Ren Ellis Neyra’s concepts of defiance, solidarity, and mulitpoetic sensorial listening from The Cry of the Senses: Listening to Latinx and Caribbean Poetics (2020) to the author’s own family story about how her great-aunt ate the telegram announcing her...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (1 (58)): 150–168.
Published: 01 March 2019
... colonial representations and create community in profound ways. Drawing on Sylvia Wynter’s work on colonial epistemologies and representation in relation to questions of race and decolonization and on Rex Nettleford’s discussion of embodiment and marronage, the author lays out a method of decolonial...
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Small Axe (2024) 28 (1 (73)): 20–38.
Published: 01 March 2024
... Garriga-López writes, there is “much skepticism among Puerto Ricans today about the individualist values and consumerist ethics that underlie the economic life” of the island. 16 In Garriga-López’s words, a refusal to accept economic and environmental colonialism is a form of “decolonial resurgence...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (3 (69)): 14–30.
Published: 01 November 2022
... intellectuals—particularly because it has now been, arguably, appropriated in Western intellectual circles. 5 These Caribbean scholars were firmly anticolonial in their thinking—not decolonial . The sociologists Dylan Kerrigan and Daniel Nehring recently argued that postcolonial discourses come from...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 1–23.
Published: 01 July 2022
... , or “decolonial joy,” as a response to the current neoliberal austerity policies of the Puerto Rican government and the United States’ Financial Oversight and Management Board: www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2K__dfInfY . For a reading of the radical poetics and politics of Rosario Ramos’s jayaera , see Guillermo...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 100–112.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Max Hantel “The intellectual journey,” Edouard Glissant reminds us, “is destined to have a geographical itinerary.” This essay considers Glissant's insistence on a poetics of landscape in the case of translation, a practice that intertwines linguistic transition with the spatial residue of its...
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Small Axe (2023) 27 (3 (72)): 147–176.
Published: 01 November 2023
... Underdeveloped Africa as a predecessor to contemporary decolonial theory—signal an approach to alternative modes of knowing for generating new possibilities for life. As the prevailing “political rationality,” 51 neoliberal or structural adjustment cum Development extends its horizons through...
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