Consider the structure of "latent rapists." How did the choreopoem transition into this story, and who is telling it? How do these formal elements underscore the poem's themes?
The transition out of "i'm a poet who" is abrupt and harsh. Direct the students to consider the final lines: "come to share our worlds wichu/to be dancin/to be dancin/baya" in tandem with the stage directions that follow (page 30). In these lines, the women are describing their own openness to the world. The stage directions which follow imply that the world has responded to their opennesses with a slap, which entails both a violent shock and an admonishment. Discuss how this slap is...
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