Pedro J. Rolón (B.A. in Literature, Yale University, 2014) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Literature department and the program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley.  He is interested in post-colonial theory, the history of the senses, poetics, and the relationship between aesthetic experiences and the epistemological fields opened up by poetic, visual and auditory experiments. Recently, he has been reading poetry and other aesthetic objects of the 19th through 21st centuries in Latin America and the Caribbean to think about the ways in which particular aesthetic relations to matter (to water, the archipelago, the island, geography, geology, climatology) grant a form––a sense––to the discursive organization and material assembly of political life.