utter disappointment. was supposed to go to the mohammed / hejinian reading tonight and my car wouldnt start. gonna have to figure out what’s wrong tomorrow morning as i have to work in the afternoon. it’s not everyday that such a great pairing occurs so i feel sad. any reports from those lucky souls who went?
in other news, an interesting post at barbara’s blog about this book. havent read the book. but, like barbara, i feel very uneasy about what it might contain. granted, missionary work isn’t always a bad thing (thinking about liberation theology missionaries in south & central america, thinking about indigenous peoples’ finding some values in western religions). however, it’s rarely innocent of imperialist desire. apparently, the author is the son of missionaries. of course, he has the right the write poetry about his own experiences (and thank the Lord he decided to become a poet and not a missionary), but is he conscientious about his portrayal of the kuman people? does he interrogate his parents’ work? i have little faith.
tho i am curious to see how the book deals with these questions, i will not give my money. i thot of reviewing the book, but is it worth it? altho i believe much more in the politics of open criticism than the politics of silent criticism, there are just so many other writers doing great work–a work of a different kind of mission (that was bad, i know)–that i’d rather bring attention to.
speaking of attention, check out the new asian-american journal, the kartika review. not as focused as LPR, but it looks interesting.
another one of my role models, rigoberto gonzalez, is now blogging for the NBCC blog. his newest post is a paste of one of javier huerta’s writings. is not javier an amazing prose writer? damn!
here’s my fav pic of javier and i in nyc during awp (i think we are still sober in this picture):