Friday, August 10, 2018

"Where I Eat" by Claire Schwartz

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August 10, 2018

Where I Eat

Claire Schwartz
Claire Schwartz reads "Where I Eat."

About This Poem


"Is the poem always I's alibi? If I says it beautifully is saying it also a way of flaunting I's beauty? (Look what I am worth. Do you like me like this?) Question: What is the circumference of a white woman's wail? Answer: A nation. If this body is the place from which I speak—I speaks—(how) can I turn language to expose the violence of I's testimony? (How) can I be otherwise? You don't need to like me. Something about love is at stake. Something about beauty."
—Claire Schwartz


Claire Schwartz is the author of Bound (Button Poetry, 2018). She is a PhD candidate in African American studies, American studies, and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Yale University, and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


Photo credit: Hannah Cornfield

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