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Re-reading Julie Carr’s 100 Notes on Violence

“The rate of firearm death of under 14-years-olds is nearly 12 times higher in the U.S. than in 25 other industrialized countries combined.”
Qtd. in Julie Carr’s 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta Press, 2010)

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Michael Leong is the author of the poetry books e.s.p., Cutting Time with a Knife, Who Unfolded My Origami Brain?, and Words on Edge. His creative work has been anthologized in THE &NOW AWARDS 2: The Best Innovative Writing, Best American Experimental Writing 2018, and Bettering American Poetry, Volume 3. His co-translation, with Ignacio Infante, of Vicente Huidobro’s long poem Sky-Quake: Tremor of Heaven is forthcoming from co•im•press in late 2019. His critical monograph Contested Records: The Turn to Documents in Contemporary North American Poetry is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press in May 2020. He has received grants from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.

2 thoughts on “Re-reading Julie Carr’s 100 Notes on Violence

  1. Hi, Michael.

    Looks like a corrective to the idea that “there are no words” and a balance to mournful moments of silence.

    My library doesn’t have a copy I can borrow, alas.

  2. Certainly, John. The attitude of “there are no words” is a trap. You’re a fan of G. Agamben so I’m sure you know his critique of that attitude in _Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive_: “To say that Auschwitz is ‘unsayable’ or ‘incomprehensible’ is equivalent to euphemein, to adoring in silence…[which] contributes to its glory.”

    Will you be in NYC soon? I’ll be happy to lend you my copy of _100 Notes on Violence_.

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