White Papers is a series of untitled poems that deal with issues of race from a number of personal, historical, and cultural perspectives Expanding the territory of her 2006 book Blue Front, which focused on a lynching her father witnessed as a child, this book turns, among other things, to Martha Collins childhood Throughout, it explores questions about what it means tWhite Papers is a series of untitled poems that deal with issues of race from a number of personal, historical, and cultural perspectives Expanding the territory of her 2006 book Blue Front, which focused on a lynching her father witnessed as a child, this book turns, among other things, to Martha Collins childhood Throughout, it explores questions about what it means to be white, not only in the poet s life, but also in our culture and history, even our pre history The styles and forms are varied, as are the approaches some of the poems address race only implicitly, and the book, like Blue Front, includes some documentary and found material But the focus is always on getting at what it has meant and what it means to be white to have a race and racial history, much of which one would prefer to forget, if one is white, but all of which is essential to remember and to acknowledge in a multi racial society that continues to live under the influence of its deeply racist past.
White Papers White Papers is a series of untitled poems that deal with issues of race from a number of personal historical and cultural perspectives Expanding the territory of her book Blue Front which foc
I commend Collins intention to engage with the difficult history of racial oppression in this country and how it intersects with her own life and family history Some of the poems are very effective, but others felt too cool and removed My favorite poems were the ones that incorporated specific historical facts that either I didn t know before or that she showed in new and meaningful contexts My least favorite poems were ones that employed broken syntax and techniques of language poetry seemingly [...]
A crucial book to read in these so called post racial times.
I began the process of reading White Papers by researching the author, Martha Collins The book itself says about as much concerning Collins as any other resource I could find She is an American Poet, born in Nebraska 1940 She has degrees from Stanford and the University of Iowa The photo on the back of the cover reveals a woman who is unlikely to be racialized as anything other than white in America As little as this says about who Collins is, I think its than a reader needs when turning the pa [...]
White PapersMartha Collins Pittsburgh, PA University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012 Poet, teacher, and editor Martha Collins has followed her excellent Blue Front the marvelous, horrific book about the 1909 lynching of two men, one black, one white, which her father witnessed as a young child in Cairo, Illinois with a new volume in which her lens zooms in tightly and she reports far intimately In White Papers Collins examines her positioning on the racial palettes of the places she has lived The bo [...]
Martha Collins is the master of craft in poetry Poems in White Papers speak in a language away from prose, which most of the contemporary American poets rely on She experiments with fragments and the form of a poem to the extreme that every piece feels organic Too many readers tend to discuss this book in terms of subject matter but neglects how the pivotal language contributes the overall aesthetics Yes, this book deals with race and I agree with other reviewers here who have pointed out that t [...]
White Papers is an amalgam of styles, both a large singular poem and a series of shorter, untitled piece that explore the question of race from the perspective of whiteness What does it mean to be white What are the associations How have we and why have we created this artificial construct and how has it evolved and contributed to American and world history It is a strong collection, but not as focused or unified as her previous book, Blue Front, which is a masterpiece Still, White Papers is wor [...]
I read this from cover to cover today Before buying it, I didn t realize the theme would be race The collection is excellent an in light of the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Samford, Florida still resonate today I wish we wouldn t see color, but see people instead A few weeks ago some black men assaulted and brutally beat a white man because they assumed he was gay This happened in the neighborhood next to where I live in Washington, DC.
Really interesting poems about race from a perspective we don t usually get that of a white person Some of the poems don t work as well on the page as they do when read aloud I got to hear the author read from this book , and the style may not be for everyone, but definitely would still highly recommend.
Beautiful, honest, and intriguing exploration of a theme at all times lyrical and compelling So glad I found this one.
I m hesitant to read this one.
In these troubling poems Martha Collins maps the complex and varied territory white guilt that corresponds to the complexity of multi generational racism.
Such an important book acknowledging and exposing racist thoughts from a white perspective.