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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)

Michael Leong is the author of four volumes of poetry, e.s.p., Cutting Time with a Knife, Who Unfolded My Origami Brain?, and Words on Edge, as well as a translation of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat, I, the Worst of All. His poems have appeared in jubilat, Lana Turner, New American Writing, Tin House, Verse Daily, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and elsewhere. Excerpts from a new manuscript in progress is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2018. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY.

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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