Words for Madison | Timothy Yu

after Eric and Heather ChanSchatz

A specialized form of art in which the artists perform their work live to an audience
A plastic art
Deeply affected by social change
The volume and space of sharp structures
The ethnographic method
Experiencing longer lives
Brought back to the surface as waste water
Enjoy each other’s company
Majority rule

If we all worked toward a goal or idea, what would that be?

City opens playground for senior citizens
Change the working situation
Majority rule
Ignored or suppressed
The sacrifice of veterans
Expands the minds of children
Reshape into blogging and web feeds
Memories and perceptions are to be preserved

People have the inherent capacity to solve their own problems

Religion the land one worships on
Not returning to rural roots
Profiled as terrorists
Inaugurating the modern prison system
The state of homelessness
Facing humiliation in public places
Disaster relief
Block watches
Majority rule
Known to run in families
Starting out as a bad habit
Struggling to stay open

The aging population participates in order to feel better

Conscious changes
A luxury pursuit
Sunshine laws
No fees or paid tickets
Relief from urban intensity
6 million come by sea and 370 million by land
The slave next door
Risk and change
I choose
A strong value on discipline as a means to survive and thrive

Tensions rise and an act of violence is committed, followed by a period of reconciliation and calm

Slightly confident
We are adults
Green waste
Majority rule
Readiness gaps
Majority rule
Fragile fiscal health
Civil resistance
Burning desire for democracy and reform

Timothy Yu

Timothy Yu is the author of the poetry collection 100 Chinese Silences, forthcoming from Les Figues Press, and two chapbooks, 15 Chinese Silences(Tinfish Press) and Journey to the West(Barrow Street). He is also the author ofRace and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965(Stanford University Press). He is associate professor of English and Asian American Studies and director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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