NaBlogWriMo 15: New Reviews & News

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yes, NaBlogWriMo was a complete failure for me. but i will get to post number 31 if it takes all summer. one of the major reasons i wasnt able to keep up with the demands and rigors of NaBlogWriMo is that i was also studying for my master’s exam–which i just found out that i PASSED! woohoo! we were given 3 questions based on our coursework and then we had ten days to write a 10-page response to each question. besides those hellish ten days, i also wrote a final paper for my asian american literary theory course (a 20 page review of criticism on Cha’s Dictee) and a final paper for my native american literature course (a 20 page beginning of longer review of native american literary theory that i will use for my oral exams next year). in about a month, i ended up writing 70 pages. anyhoo, i am glad it is all over and that i can continue to the next step. whew.

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two new reviews live: check out my review in Galatea Resurrects 12 and in the Latino Poetry Review. with all the whining bitching and moaning about the current state of poetry reviews, these two venues prove that reviews are alive and healthy.

it’s interesting that the whining bitching and moaning all started with some ‘white’ poet named jason guriel reviewing 3 other white poets and then another ‘white’ poet, kent johnson, responding and asking many other ‘white’ poets to respond. ok ok, i dont mean to flatten all their responses or racialized experiences, but seriously none of these people really explore why the majority of reviews written are reviews of ‘white’ poets! why is that? Unlike most journals, Galatea & Latino Poetry Review provide ample reviews of ‘ethnic’ poets.

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2 thoughts on “NaBlogWriMo 15: New Reviews & News

  1. Craig,

    Just noticing this. It's not true that the list of responders is completely "white." Granted, only three "non-white" poets out of 32 is not exactly diverse. And the gender mix could also have been a lot stronger.

    But for what it's worth, the list of poets I initially queried was much more diverse than how things ended up. I was operating under a deadline and without much time. For whatever reason, most of the "No thank you's" or no-responses were from women (a good dozen), and three of them were from Latino poets.

    Kent

  2. Actually, I see that five Hispanic poets were initially queried. Not that this would settle Craig's concern…

    Don't know if she would have wished to participate, but a major space-out on my part, admittedly, was to not ask Eileen Tabios, editor of the excellent review site Galatea Resurrects.

    Kent

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