Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

By Nayyirah Waheed

Salt is a trip via heat and sharpness. This number of poetry explores the realities of a number of identities, language, diasporic lifestyles & soreness, the self, group, therapeutic, occasion, and love.


"You can't remain
what you need to say (who you actually are)
and what you want to say (who you fake to be)
your mouth was once no longer designed to consume itself.
– spit"


"At first look, the publication turns out type of empty. a couple of sentences on every one web page, a few poems a bit longer yet no more then a web page or . yet that vacant area that's left on the finish of every poem is there for a cause. It's there to offer you time. Time to method what you learn. that vacant area is helping you concentration, is helping you notice that although the web page might sound to be empty, it's whatever yet. The phrases want the gap. The intensity of the phrases want it. i would like it. Salt is amazing."
– Ryan Hasan (comment at Amazon's site)

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In this case, friendship or collegiality provided some of what funds usually purchase. 63 It took me about two years to shoot the twenty interviews and then another two years to edit them into the final documentary video. Editing— often thought of as women's work because it bears a relation to the thankless piecing together of sewing—is my favorite part of the video production process; it is the behind-the-scenes territory where real power lies. Here, interviewees' words meet up with my aesthetic and conceptual framework, which then adapts and grows to meet their words.

My actions affect real people to whom I already have political and personal allegiances. I record and own a person's videotaped image, to edit and reassemble with other images at will. I have a distinct obligation to and responsibility for that image—both in how I film people and what I do with the footage—different from those raised by the act of representation in its most general sense. " Barbash and Taylor, like many other committed documentarians, propose a collaborative method as one response to (if never a "cure" for) the immense power imbalance structured into the filmic apparatus and interaction: "The incentive to collaborate stems from the recognition that it is only reasonable that people should have some input into how they are represented.

67 As a feminist bent on using documentary as a tool for change, I do not use the act of interviewing as an opportunity to challenge, confuse, or undermine my subjects. Quite the opposite. I do everything in my power to make them feel supported, comfortable, and respected. For this project, my interviewees knew the questions in advance, all but one had previously met me, and all understood and supported the project's goals. After the interviews, I sent each person subsequent versions of her written transcript and video portrait.

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