New Essay in Asymptote

I wrote about Ferreira Gullar’s 60-page poem on exile, Dirty Poem, for the Asymptote blog. Read my essay here.

Dirty Poem is a bold, quintessential text on exile precisely because it reveals that an identity lies very deep. The poem ends with the knowledge that a city can’t leave its people, for its history, its landscapes, its vices, its speed and systems remain “in the man / who is in another city // but there are many ways / an object / can hold another.”