A Poem I Wrote While Eating Bulgogi in Mexico City
By Alex Voisine
Like water I am the container
In which I find myself
I exist in between the imaginaries of State, Nation, and Place, I think.
My form, my language, my hobbies are contingent, untethered.
I reject labels like Global Citizen, Liberal, Queer, Westerner American, Socialist, Capitalist.
I move to different countries and bring my containers.
A lover tells me I’m beautiful and I leave him for a new container.
A university spends four years constructing me into a “Liberal Arts Major”
And all I want to do is move to a hut in Chiapas and grow carrots and write poetry and touch grass and learn to create music.
Judith Butler tells me I’m performing
Foucault would say I’m the product of a long historical Process of power and counter-power conducted under the auspices of Biology
Mbembe would predict that my Queer body will die at the hands of a necropolitical state system that feeds on death.
All I want is to
Pack up my Pathologies
And move to Mercury
(Has that been colonized yet?)
And vacation in Venus
And stargaze within the ethereal folds of a star
In spaces and places
Where Property is cosmically impossible
Where Nation is dead
Where State is a black hole
Where imagination is Capital
Where spaces and places cannot be traced arbitrarily
On canvasses of race
Where I cease to exist as a solid, as a concept
Where we don’t have the capacities to call the particles around us anything.
But for now I walk around with my containers
And I move and mold and make forms
Then immediately reject them, my inventions, unpatented
Until I run out of ideas.
About the Author: Alexander Voisine
I'm a Fulbright scholar living in Mexico City where I study at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and I'm a recent graduate of Temple University. My poetry has been featured in Temple University's Hyphen Magazine, and my fiction in Philadelphia Stories. I like to write about movement, symbolic and physical migration, displacement, and urbanism, and in Mexico I'm researching LGBTQ+ migration.