Guest Post by Kristina Zolatova: A Name for the Unnamed

Dr. Kristina Zolatova, featured for the first time here, is seeking suggestions for a title for her new poem (see below).  Since I have encountered so many creative people through my blog, I encouraged Kristina to post her poem on my blog in order to see what ideas might be presented. With that said, enjoy the poem and let’s hear your poetic and aesthetically attuned ideas (commentary on the poem is also welcome.)


Cast aside, televised and captured as an image.
But we all know that one-size fits none.
When “echoes” talk back, they signify
Actively, aggressively to the double, triple, it’s not so simple.
Interpellation meets improvisation and continues to this day.
Transgressing boundaries
Around me
Around you
Isn’t this what we’re called to do?
Not a diminishment of black, white, brown, or yellow.
Rather a collage, a harmony of multiplicity
Unfolding, (re)writing
And in-our-hopes uniting
“on the one” as we process toward a
Rhythmic, uninterrupted you-and-me—
In a word,
True solidarity.

Kristina Zolatova (Dec. 16, 2013)

4 thoughts on “Guest Post by Kristina Zolatova: A Name for the Unnamed”

  1. Titles are tricky. It helps to know how the poet/artists/writer wants the title to function. Sometimes, as the saying goes, the title becomes a pimp of the poem. Does the poet want the title to open up more possibilities of meanings, or to guide the reader toward a more narrow set of possibilities? I won’t dodge the assignment though. One of the first ideas that came to mind was “Mirror-Stage.” I had a bunch of others because the poem is so good at inciting many different readingsI But I kept coming back to Mirror-Stage. Mostly it resonates with what for me was a key word, “interpellation,” that suggested an affinity with Althusser/Lacan that I think the poet is gesturing towards throughout the poem. Of course a mirror, like a poem, can be a place for self-reflection and a way of transcending our self images But it can also distract us from or efface our image, even become a kind of ‘stage’ for practicing the performance of our false-selves. It’s a complex poem so I gave it a complex title, thanks for sharing it, obliged.

  2. Great comments, Dan! (Or do you prefer, Daniel?) The “interpellation” line is definitely a reference to Althusser’s notion (I know Zolatova). I had not even thought about the other excellent connection you make regarding the mirror as a “‘stage’ for practicing the performance of our false-selves”–that’s very insightful. Okay, now we have our first proposed title, “Mirror-Stage.” Keep them coming.

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