Liminal Lines: Poetic Confrontations With Everyday Ableism, Racism, and Rape Culture From the Ledge

Jorge Antonio Vallejos, 2017
Vol. 23 No. 28 ISSN 1702-3548 (online)


The components of this portfolio—“Liminal Lines: Poetic Confrontations With Everyday Ableism, Racism, and Rape Culture From the Ledge” — are as follows 1. “Kuzushi”, a chapbook of poems named after the Japanese Judo term meaning to put someone off balance. In the case of this portfolio, kuzushi is used as a metaphor to decentre the oppressive forces of ableism, racism, and rape culture founded on what bell hooks calls “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy”, (personal communication 2016). 2. A talk and performance called ““What’s Wrong With Your Leg?”: Ableism, Community, and Genesis” given at the Generous Space Toronto *TBLGQ Christian Community on November 23 2017 where I ‘came out of the closet’ as a person living with a disability (Osteo-genesis Imperfecta aka brittle bones disease) in response to, and as a deconstruction and decentering of, the ableism and racism in the society and city in which I live: Toronto 3. Two essays a) “Poetry on the Edge” which explores my poetic process as a writer of colour living with a disability in a liminal state b) “Disrupting Disablement: History, Exclusion, Desire and Change” which explores the history of ableism, how it affects me, and what changes I hope comes to be.

“Liminal Lines: A Poetic Confrontation of Ableism, Racism, and Rape Culture from the Ledge” is an invitation: come along this anti-colonial exploration of systems of oppression that invade our society. Practice kuzushi—moving a structure, in this case oppressive structures, off balance—via reading and later meditating. Join the fight against three of many oppressive systems that hold back humanity: ableism, racism, and rape culture.