Oki Sogumi is a writer who lives in Philadelphia. She is interested in rebellion, speculation, waywardness, and the politics of care. "Motherships" is a three-part poem in the wake of the bankruptcy of S. Korean shipping company, Hanjin. As container ships lay stranded at sea, unable to dock, they came to stand in for anxieties about capitalist logistics and therefore the crisis of global capital. The poem triangulates those anxieties through the figure of a "mother" who bridges banality and national mythology, who stands just outside and peers critically.
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