Public Figures (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

Public Figures (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

Jena Osman


Public Figures is an essay-poem with pictures and textual content that starts with a playful concept scan: statues of individuals in public areas have eyes, yet what are they taking a look at? to respond to that query, Jena Osman units up a digital camera to trace the gaze of a few statues in Philadelphia—mostly nineteenth century army figures sporting guns. How does their perspective vary from our personal? and the way does it evaluate, say, to the viewpoint of different watchful army figures, corresponding to drone pilots? during this e-book, Osman combines the histories at the back of those statues with poetic narratives that ask us to consider our personal relational positions, and the way our personal daily gaze could be complicit with the gun-sights of struggle. Public Figures illustrates how heritage is reworked, or even erased, by means of monuments and different public files of occasions. via poetry, these histories may be made seen back. fee for the net reader’s better half at http://publicfigures.site.wesleyan.edu.

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