Appropriate: A Provocation, the new book by Utah poet laureate Paisley Rekdal (CRF 2017), is written as a series of letters which explore ideas of representation, aesthetics, and cultural appropriation. According to a recent review in the LA Times, Rekdal “addresses the conundrum of cultural appropriation with patience and care. She is deliberate as she picks her way through questions, focusing on literature, with close readings of poetry and prose that give heft to her case. The book’s power comes from its slow progress and occasional reversals, so a summary feels unfair, but her basic thesis is that culture is situated in its moment; careful consideration of where each of us is in that moment informs what we create, how we read, what literature is lifted up and what is left out.” Read the full review here and see more about the book here.