“Diaspora” is an interactive poem in which the reader simulates the actions of Annie, the main character of the poem. The reader must decide on the placement of each stanza within a table-like grid. By clicking on spoons to reveal the poem’s eleven stanzas, the reader participates in the design of the poem, an action that mimics Annie’s design of the dinner table in the poem and suggests that “order” is a personal choice. Designing the layout of the poem can be tedious, but it allows the reader to have some control, although at a level that mirrors the limited agency of members of diasporic communities.

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About Author

Randy Gonzales works across disciplines, genre, and media, creating new media compositions based on ethnographic research. He was born and raised in New Orleans, but has spent a large part of his adult life residing abroad, in places like Fukui, Yongin, Abu Dhabi, Pohang, Calamba, Alabang, and Al Ain. His poetry has appeared in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The Mississippi Review, Intentional Walk and elsewhere. He holds a PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi and currently works as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. For more information on Randy go to his website, www.Gonzales22.com.

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