How to Visit a Karen Village

Ekphrastic Poetry

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of ekphrastic poetry. I don’t like how it puts power into the hands of the poet and as readers, we are presented with a version of a manipulated truth. I think the projection of ideals through ekphrastic poetry is too indulgent and too forceful. Then again, when is writing and art not indulgent? It kind of reminded me of the thoughts I had during a trip to Chiang Rai in 2015- everyone was having fun and I was just marinating in my own obsessive thoughts of the travel industry and cultural commercialization is so rampant.

Aye… So I wrote about the Karen people. It’s not a feeling I enjoy- knowing that I am playing into the hands of my own pet peeves.