July 2016: Thanks to Jon Curley for an insightful and historically informed review of Trafficke, at Galatea Resurrects. Jon’s eloquence on Trafficke‘s behalf is humbling. Disturbingly, however, the review failed to mention Trafficke‘s ultimate ethical core: my family’s 200 years of slave holding. What happened next was terrific, though–read the comments, and Jon’s responses, and see what can happen when readers engage, speak up, and turn what could have been just another moment of American racial blindness into a real conversation. We all have to learn this way: the hard way, and sometimes in public. As I wrote in my part of this exchange, I am don’t exclude myself from that indictment.
May 2016: My deepest gratitude to Martha Collins for her essay/review: “The Documented I: review of Philip Metres’ Sand Opera & Susan Tichy’s Trafficke.” In Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics No. 94 (Spring 2016) 65-73. Print. Martha Collins-The Documented I
Equal Meadows. (essay) Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics. Issue 31, July 2013. Mixed Form Issue.
Political Awareness, Social Consciousness, and Memory in Susan Tichy’s Poetry. An interview with Greta Aart (Fiona Sze-Lorrain). Cerise Press, 2011.