Roberto Tejada is the author of art and media histories that include National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (U Minnesota, 2009) and Celia Alvarez Muñoz (UCLA/CSRC; U Minnesota, 2009); with Michelle White and others he is the co-author of Allora & Calzadilla: Specters of Noon (Yale, 2021). His book of essays and manifestos, Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness (Noemi, 2019), is a LatinX cultural poetics of the Americas. Tejada is the author of poetry collections Full Foreground (Arizona, 2012), Exposition Park (Wesleyan, 2010), Mirrors for Gold (Krupskaya, 2006), and Todo en el ahora (Libros Magenta, 2015), selected poems in Spanish translation. He is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing and Art History at the University of Houston.
Time Insufficient When austerity is there a siren haze and hiss whenever the apologetic noise a clatter tick-tick this when in everyday direction ---- left on Taft from Allen Parkway ---- does a minute any longer allow? • Of despair Audre Lorde said it can serve to make intractable ---- song even in the indistinct concealment drives the law of number and person is my self-abstraction any more or less obscure and how disputable? • Here in the meanwhile is my telling of a scene disfiguring slow-motion motive for persons you could never really reach in time I mean it being insufficient to the near now archaic now faraway