Poetry explication: Olive Senior’s 2005 poem “Plants”

While transcendentalist poets like Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself often portray a friendly and collaborative relationship between humans and nature—including plants, Olive Senior’s 2005 poem “Plants” tells a very different story that entails a more complex relationship between humans and plants. Using deliberately designed syntax and the use of enjambment, figurative language and vivid imagery,Continue reading “Poetry explication: Olive Senior’s 2005 poem “Plants””

Poetry explication: Landlady by P.K. Page (1943)

Famous philosopher Foucault analyzed the social relationship that panopticon entails—a system with the “watcher” and the “watched”; the “observer” and the “observed”; the “powerful and the “powerless.” In P.K. Page’s 1943 poem “The Landlady”, the relationship between the tenants and the landlady can also be characterized by panopticism, where the landlady watches her tenants withoutContinue reading “Poetry explication: Landlady by P.K. Page (1943)”

Poetry explication: Thou Blind Man’s Mark–Sir Philip Sidney

In the short poem, poet Sir Philip Sidney wields his literary talent and uses extensive poetic devices to tell a story of recognizing, facing, and trying to combat one’s desires.               Throughout the first four lines of the poem, Sidney begins by directly addressing desire with second-person pronouns “thou,” adding a dose of intimacy andContinue reading “Poetry explication: Thou Blind Man’s Mark–Sir Philip Sidney”

Psychoanalysis of Racism–Black Skin, White Masks

Psychoanalysis of Racism: book review of Black Skin, White Masks There are many ways to dissect and dismantle racism, and Fanon chooses psychoanalysis in his nonfiction Black Skin, White Masks, a book that explores the realm of Black people’s consciousness when white people enter it and imposes a hierarchy of racial superiority and inferiority. IContinue reading “Psychoanalysis of Racism–Black Skin, White Masks”

The civilized and the barbarians: the formation of an oppressive system

The civilized and the barbarians: the formation of an oppressive system –book review of Waiting for the Barbarians On the first day of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, the family group spent the bulk of the session discussing the system of oppression, linking our understanding and experiences to the larger system that justifies injustice, violence,Continue reading “The civilized and the barbarians: the formation of an oppressive system”

The metaphorical meanings of borders in Borderlands–Borderlands

The metaphorical meanings of borders in Borderlands –book review of Borderlands Unlike countless traditional literature and academic essays about the physical US-Mexico borders and the crossing experiences, Anzaldúa’s Borderlands explores the meanings behind such physical borders—including the psychological, cultural, spiritual, and even sexual implications behind obvious frontiers that separate two nations. Spanning from personal anecdotesContinue reading “The metaphorical meanings of borders in Borderlands–Borderlands”

A story that heals under its dark and depressing guise–The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

A story that heals under its dark and depressing guise –book review of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe When I first finished reading The Ballad of the Safe Café, there were many things that I did not understand. I knew immediately that the book reads like William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily, another classicContinue reading “A story that heals under its dark and depressing guise–The Ballad of the Sad Cafe”

An Antiracist “Handbook”

How to Be an Antiracist is a “handbook” that combines memoir, storytelling, rhetoric, and persuasion on the same page. It is a book that realistically yet hopefully offers concrete solutions to the problems of racism. It is a book that tackles one of the most pressing issues of current society from a historical, theoretical, practical,Continue reading “An Antiracist “Handbook””

A story of historical horror and human resilience–Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

A story of historical horror and human resilience –book review of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl I have always wanted to read this book but never had a chance to pick it up until recently, when I came across some research about the Holocaust and WWII. Even though I am now fourContinue reading “A story of historical horror and human resilience–Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”

A single story and a definite answer to Chinese education–Little Soldiers

A single story and a definite answer to Chinese education –book review of Little Soldiers When I opened the book, I knew exactly what I was getting myself into—an American narrative that aims to help readers understand Chinese education and its drastic differences with the Western education. I knew the many things that Chu wouldContinue reading “A single story and a definite answer to Chinese education–Little Soldiers”

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