Redstart begins with a critique of whiteness in capitalism and proposes putting pressure on the “I.” This approach affects the rest of the book in that Gander and Kinsella interrogate meanings of the self and focus on non-human animals. They also build upon the idea that “‘I’ is multiple,” and thus interrogating the foundations of Western ideology (12). (The book refuses to completely detach from Western ideology, as it says Chinese poetry cannot be ecopoetics because of Western society’s view of Chinese politics (15)). The “I” and “self” appear consistently, always contextualized in multiplicity: “I walk / my breath one / rhythm among / others” (56).
May 28, 2018