A NEW SONG FOR OUR MASTER: WE ARE VANESSA PLACE!

  1. The Lyrics

Because we embrace the Cult of Personality, that’s why, we are Vanessa Place!

Because Gone With the Wind is not her first racist project we are Vanessa Place!

Because Tragodía’s 3 volumes are extremely sexist, racist, neocolonial and rapist (an experimental classic for five years now!) we are Vanessa Place!

Because all her work has been praised by the experimental supremacy we are Vanessa Place!

Because she has explained dozens of times her art through books, chapbooks, talks, papers, performances, statements, blurbs, Q & A’s, but will never apologize we are Vanessa Place!

Because this is colonial-racist-L.A., c’mon!, we are Vanessa Place!

Because we can pretend or simply ignore poetry is not war (because we are on the imperial side, the civilians who can deny or say: what is this all about?) we are Vanessa Place!

Because we can argue or shit-chat among ourselves how poetic superstar Vanessa Place’s affairs have nothing to do with the state of North-American poetry today we are Vanessa Place!

Because we can believe Vanessa Place’s appropriation of arguments from Western Denial’s past allows us to say Vanessa Place can and should exercise her Constitutional Right to address mostly white poetry a-readerships in need for strong emotions (and latin@s and blacks are just unfortunate collateral damage) we are Vanessa Place!

Because experimental poetry’s audiences are mostly white and one can presume one can mainly address white people we are Vanessa Place!

Because we can discuss if it’s a good idea or not for her to ventriloquize black bodies to show this all white audience a lesson from a white woman we have admired for such a long time we are Vanessa Place!

Because only we can believe Vanessa Place has anything to say about race that isn’t dumb and mainstream we are Vanessa Place!

Because we know this is very much about her competing with Kenneth Goldsmith to see who can be the Biggest Ass fracking more capital we are Vanessa Place!

Because most North-Americans writers are so complicit, misinformed, dumb, afraid or can only counter-attack under silly masks or anonymous tweeting or facebooking accounts we are Vanessa Place!

Because we like, review or tolerate her White Dominatrix Style we are Vanessa Place!

Because some of us live under precarious situations and we have to accept, we have to have some job, we are Vanessa Place!

Because some of us simply don’t care about this horseshit we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are white or sexy we are Vanessa Place!

Because we hate latinos and blacks we are Vanessa Place!

Because we… well, whateva, we are Vanessa Place!

Because, just because we are writers we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are North-Americans and we can get away with everything we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are Trans-national Inc we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are translation in the age of Nafta we are Vanessa Place!

Because our photos look good and everything we do is Beautiful we are Vanessa Place!

Because we take so many things for granted we are Vanessa Place!

Because “so many things for granted” is such a North-American phrase, guess what? We are Vanessa Place!

Because we think everything is our breakfast we are Vanessa Place!

Because she calls us Her Bitches and we love it we are Vanessa Place!

Because we thought we had co-opted, neutralized, killed poetry’s political power we are Vanessa Place!

Because we simply thought poetry from the South would not strike back we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are the forth-coming titles we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are Americana we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are to be continued we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are The End we are Vanessa Place!

Yes! We are! We are Vanessa Place!

  1. And now, the appropriate chorus!

Because Vanessa Placer is our master, our boss we are Vanessa Place!

Because where we publish matters, is geopolitical, is capital-exchange, and this is Les Figues Press and we are so incredibly cool we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are her published authors / artists we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are her Staff / Editors we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are the executive director, the editorial director, the managing editor, the NOS Series, the Rhee Editor, the translation editor, the Board of Directors, the Advisory Board, the current interns, the Website Design we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are the people who have worked with Les Figues as interns & Curators & Staff & and we are loved by Vanessa Place we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are the Supporters we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are the Major Donors we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are the Camarados we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are the Generous Grants we are Vanessa Place!

Because Les Figues Press is our proud member we are Vanessa Place!

Because we can use, abuse and totally fuck-up Kathy Acker’s name we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are the subscribers we are Vanessa Place!

Because we Donate we are Vanessa Place!

Because we are not sure why, how we got caught, we were not aware? we are Vanessa Place!?

Because it was agreed that Vanessa Place’s capital-power-concept machinery would be our context:

Adam Tipps Weinstein is Vanessa Place

Alex Forman is Vanessa Place

Alice Könitz is Vanessa Place

Allison Carter is Vanessa Place

Alta Ifland is Vanessa Place

Amanda Ackerman is Vanessa Place

Amina Cain is Vanessa Place

Axel Thormählen is Vanessa Place

Becca Jensen is Vanessa Place

Caroline Bergvall is Vanessa Place

Chris Tysh is Vanessa Place

Christine Wertheim is Vanessa Place

Colin Winnette is Vanessa Place

Danielle Adair is Vanessa Place

derek beaulieu is Vanessa Place

Divya Victor is Vanessa Place

Dodie Bellamy is Vanessa Place

Doug Nufer is Vanessa Place

Frances Richard is Vanessa Place

Frank Smith is Vanessa Place

Harold Abramowitz is Vanessa Place

Janet Owen Driggs is Vanessa Place

Jen Hofer is Vanessa Place

Jennifer Calkins is Vanessa Place

Jessica Bozek is Vanessa Place

Kim Rosenfield is Vanessa Place

Lauren Bon is Vanessa Place

Laynie Browne is Vanessa Place

Lily Hoang is Vanessa Place

Mark Rutkoski is Vanessa Place

Martin Glaz Serup is Vanessa Place

Mathew Timmons is Vanessa Place

Matias Viegener is Vanessa Place

Melissa Buzzeo is Vanessa Place

Michael du Plessis is Vanessa Place

Myriam Moscona is Vanessa Place

Nuala Archer is Vanessa Place

Pam Ore is Vanessa Place

Paul Hoover is Vanessa Place

Redell Olsen is Vanessa Place

Sandra Doller is Vanessa Place

Sawako Nakayasu is Vanessa Place

Sissy Boyd is Vanessa Place

Sophie Robinson is Vanessa Place

Stan Apps is Vanessa Place

Stephanie Taylor is Vanessa Place

Terence Lyons is Vanessa Place

Teresa Carmody is Vanessa Place

Timothy Yu is Vanessa Place

Urs Allemann is Vanessa Place

Vanessa Place is Vanessa Place

Vincent Dachy is Vanessa Place

Sara Uribe is Vanessa Place

John Pluecker is Vanessa Place

Gabriela Torres Olivares is Vanessa Place

Jennifer Donovan is Vanessa Place

Teresa Carmody is Vanessa Place

Vanessa Place is Vanessa Place

Sean Pessin is Vanessa Place

Andrew Wessels is Vanessa Place

Patrick Greaney is Vanessa Place

Molly Corey (chair) is Vanessa Place

Amanda Beech is Vanessa Place

Johanna Blakley is Vanessa Place

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is Vanessa Place

Teresa Carmody is Vanessa Place

Veronica Gonzalez-Peña is Vanessa Place

Amy Hood is Vanessa Place

Pam Ore is Vanessa Place

Coco Owen is Vanessa Place

Andrea Quaid is Vanessa Place

Jennifer Calkins is Vanessa Place

Chris Hershey is Vanessa Place

Renée Petropoulos is Vanessa Place

Janet Sarbanes is Vanessa Place

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Carol Stakenas is Vanessa Place

Chloe Badner is Vanessa Place

Lily Clifford is Vanessa Place

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Allie Maher is Vanessa Place

Allison Carter is Vanessa Place

Alyssa Brillinger is Vanessa Place

Amanda Montei is Vanessa Place

Amanda Ackerman is Vanessa Place

Amber Donofrio is Vanessa Place

Amina Cain is Vanessa Place

April Zhang is Vanessa Place

Becky Robison is Vanessa Place

Beth McNamara is Vanessa Place

Camille Thigpen is Vanessa Place

Chelsea McNay is Vanessa Place

Chris Hershey-Van Horn is Vanessa Place

Crystal Salas is Vanessa Place

Danielle Adair is Vanessa Place

Diana Arterian is Vanessa Place

Elizabeth Hall is Vanessa Place

Emerson Whitney is Vanessa Place

Emily Kiernan is Vanessa Place

Emma Williams is Vanessa Place

Erin Bower is Vanessa Place

Erin Kilduff is Vanessa Place

Fisayo Adeyeye is Vanessa Place

Gabrielle Glickstein is Vanessa Place

Genevieve Shifke is Vanessa Place

Harold Abramowitz is Vanessa Place

Heatherlie Allison is Vanessa Place

Jacquelyn Davis is Vanessa Place

Janice Lee is Vanessa Place

Jared Woodland is Vanessa Place

Jennifer Karmin is Vanessa Place

Johnnie Alfi is Vanessa Place

Julian Smith-Newman is Vanessa Place

Katie Browne is Vanessa Place

Lamisse Beydoun is Vanessa Place

Lexie Davis is Vanessa Place

Luke Quattrocchi is Vanessa Place

Mario Macias is Vanessa Place

Marlan Sigelman is Vanessa Place

Matthew Polzin is Vanessa Place

Militza Jean-Felix is Vanessa Place

Saehee Cho is Vanessa Place

Sara Newman is Vanessa Place

Scott Lerner is Vanessa Place

Shoshana Seidman is Vanessa Place

Sophia Kang is Vanessa Place

Sylvie McNamara is Vanessa Place

Johanna Blakley & Peter Binkow is Vanessa Place

Chris & Diane Calkins is Vanessa Place

Coco Owen is Vanessa Place

Skyscrape Foundation is Vanessa Place

Nicholas Karavatos is Vanessa Place

Pam Ore & Sara La Borde is Vanessa Place

Dr. Robert Wessels is Vanessa Place

Sarah de Heras is Vanessa Place

Tracy Bachman is Vanessa Place

Elena Karina Byrne is Vanessa Place

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is Vanessa Place

Margaret Rhee is Vanessa Place

Metabollic Studio is Vanessa Place

City of West Hollywood is Vanessa Place

Los Angeles County Art Commission is Vanessa Place

California Association of Nonprofits is Vanessa Place

Community of Literary Magazines and Presses is Vanessa Place

Willingly or not, all of us, yes, all of us, we are Vanessa Place!

Vanessa Place

Because even the fucking ecopoetic dog in the lovely Les Figues Press’ pic is Vanessa Place we are Vanessa Place! Whoof!

Originally published June 3, 2015