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Pittella, Carlos A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9702-9288 (2023) borderself. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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'borderself' is a collection of poems haunted by borders. It investigates different types of human fault lines: bureaucracies, customs rituals, stamps of naturalized/foreign, accents, slips of the tongue, intersectional words and worlds. It is written from a Latinx perspective but without romanticizing Portuguese/Spanish/French as more legitimate spaces than English, which raises the question: does one have a 'native' language if their first voice is a colonial byproduct? 'borderself' is interested in language loss/gain/overdub and the spaces for complex identities such layering opens. Besides language, 'borderself' implicates poetic forms and the relationship between speaker and reader—exposing traditional forms as non-neutral spaces with historical privileges and questioning who has the right to speak for whom. Implication is seen as a practice of accountability that begets solidarity and makes new poetic forms possible. Structurally, apart from a prologue and a coda, 'borderself' has three main parts: (1) a series of 'xelf' poems dramatizing speakers caught between borders; (2) 'DANTE'S BUREAU', a prosimetrum linking the origins of bureaucratic and poetic forms; (3) 'The death of Jean Charles de Menezes and footnotes after Lorca', a long poem employing footnotes to dispute official accounts of state-sanctioned violence perpetrated against immigrants. The 'Propersitions' prologue invites the reader into disorientation as a method. The coda, titled 'Salutation to the Border', reflects back to the 'xelf' poems by turning their essential rhythms into a yoga series—a score of instructions on how to move through or breathe within borders.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Pittella, Carlos A.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Date:23 January 2023
Thesis Supervisor(s):Camlot, Jason
Keywords:poetry, borders, bureaucracy, immigration, poetic forms
ID Code:991932
Deposited By: Carlos A. Pittella de Souza Leite
Deposited On:21 Jun 2023 14:24
Last Modified:21 Jun 2023 14:24
Additional Information:This work was written on the unceded lands cared for by the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations & today is home to a diverse population of Indigenous & other peoples.


Though this is far from a complete bibliography, borderself was created in conversation with the recent works of Ae Hee Lee, Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie, Anuja Ghimire, Aria Aber, Bhanu Kapil, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch, George Abraham, Hai-Dang Phan, Marilyn Chin, Marwa Helal, Nandi Comer, Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, Safia Elhillo, SG Huerta, Solmaz Sharif, & Suji Kwock Kim, among many other borderbeing poets.
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