INTRO (2): The Basic Bitches

INTRODUCTION (2)

What happens when we take seriously the chatter on the internet? To take seriously the seemingly endless, boundless echoes of black popular culture as they are reflected, refracted, and magnified by anonymous users. What can we learn from the opinions of those online, where the only requirement to participate is the nerve to speak out, bait, and troll?

With Yanique and Byron’s manipulation of this source, the poetic expression of the dizzying, confounding, trashy, sincere, and callous all bounce off of one another. As echo poems, their words extend from each other, from the reactions of online muses, and from the images that prompted such loaded responses. The poets’ echoes—their gratuitous amplification—generate a view of relationships, body images, interactions that are intimate and absurd, naïve and nuanced.  Known for creating amorphous beings from found sources, Yanique’s poetry extends from her practice of drawing bodies that are complex, grotesque, and beautifully rendered. Like her drawings, the poems reflect a distorted image of black culture, of its values and drives, that speak truths and lies as they bounce off of each other.

Emanating lust and desire, words devolve to sound. From sound, words emerge. Circling each other, sex and survival, sex as survival, sex for survival merge and diverge in the trajectories of Les Bossip Mademoiselles, Vol. I. Their poetic expressions will threaten your sensibility and entice your imagination.

Written by Kristen Juarez

Kristin Juarez is a PhD student at Georgia State University, studying race and experimental art practices.

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