Gender Confines and Growing Up: Exploring Sexual Identity in Ai’s “The Kid”

Since its publication in 1978, Ai’s thirty-two-line dramatic monologue poem “The Kid” has shocked and intrigued readers with its brutal subject matter of a murdered family. Within the poem, the speaker, who identifies himself as a fourteen-year-old boy, methodically annihilates his family, which consists of his father, mother, sister, and their horses. On the surface, … Read moreGender Confines and Growing Up: Exploring Sexual Identity in Ai’s “The Kid”