and i would’ve gotten away with it if it wasnt for those pesky missionary sons!

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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?

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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.

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speaking of attention, check out the new asian-american journal, the kartika review. not as focused as LPR, but it looks interesting.

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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):

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One thought on “and i would’ve gotten away with it if it wasnt for those pesky missionary sons!

  1. Hi CS,

    I’ve been following this thread since yesterday, and found a couple of Aaron Baker’s poems by Googling.

    While I don’t know if the poems are in the book–or, if they are, if they were substantially altered, or are altered in the larger context of everything else in the book–they both do seem to be about his childhood experiences in question:

    http://www.cstone.net/~poems/commibak.htm

    http://www.porkopolis.org/lib/poetry/baker-ar.htm

    I understand the initial response to this book–or really, to the idea of this book and to its packaging. But I would be more likely moved in some way by some response or argument that extends from a reading of the work itself.

    I’m interested in how you or Barbara or Paolo might respond, because I think any one of you would bring a complex and interesting reading to them.

    It’s a lot to expect any of you guys to actually buy the thing, and more to the point, to expect any of you to spend time and thought (more valuable than money, in my opinion) on it, if it is indeed what it seems to be.

    But, because it seems to have raised some very important questions, it also seems like it might be worth that time and energy to really examine it and then engage other readers with some of the issues that come up while reading the work itself.

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