"One poet’s inability to absolve himself the burden of complicity in violence is best mitigated by platforming the victims of structural violence, highlighting how they already have agency, recognising that it is their work that is leading the collective work of absolution. The great gift of 'identity politics' discussions to contemporary poetry has always been that it has renewed our common life by setting those discussions within its terms."
"They know that other people have access to forms of knowledge that they don’t, but to admit that lack of knowledge would destroy the image of themselves they have fashioned."
"Can’t you see how fucking reasonable all this is? How nice and serious a guy I was? And my heightened willingness to register how articulating all this feels is part of the problem: a structural anxiety that I believe is built into how post-liberalism works was playing out as embodied anxiety within me."
"The terms for what a perfect world looks like are already determined, and promised, in Christ – even as those terms become the basis for infinite speculation, speculation that I am free to prosecute on broadly left-wing terms without reducing it to the expression of a “religious left”. Put simply, I want to go to Heaven with people I disagree with."