My current research involves transnational comparisons of avant-garde and experimental poetics in Asian diasporic poets, primarily between the USA and the UK. I explore this through the aesthetic lens of difficulty, and the relationship between locating difficult texts, difficult bodies, and difficult subjects. By challenging the ways in which difficulty, innovation, and alterity, might be known and felt, I explore how difficulty can circulate borders and temporalities of race. More broadly, I am interested in how we interpret difficult contemporary poetry at the intersection of politics/material history and aesthetics/form. My research is heavily informed by interests in poetry and poetics; comparative and world literature; postcolonial studies; diaspora studies; global modernisms; continental literary theory.
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