Saturday, October 31, 2015
Treasure Shields Redmond's Chop and Facebook
I first started reading the poems that comprise Treasure Shields Redmond's volume chop: a collection of kwansabas for fannie lou hamer (2015) back in 2011 when she started posting the poems on her Facebook page. By and large, poets publish their poems in formal journals prior to book publication, so it was unusual to have access to a poet's new and unpublished poems via a social media site.
But there they were. Redmond was distributing her poems free of charge out there on her Facebook account.
I'm enjoying the experience of reading Redmond's poems in book form. At the same time, I'm glad that she shared so many of the poems on Facebook back in 2011 as well. That early digital version and now this physical book version of poems on Hamer combine to give me multiple ways of thinking about the transmission of Redmond's poems and perhaps poetry in general.
• Treasure Shields Redmond's chop: 7 notations