Sep 10, 2015
commented on White Guy Michael Derrick Hudson Dons Yellowface, Tricks Sherman Alexie, Gets Published in Best American Poetry
Alexie's disclosure that "approximately 99% of the poets are professors." Is very interesting in terms of this story. Because Getting in BAP can be a crucial component of a CV necessary to land (or keep) a teaching job, and that is one way a poet can get paid with benefits (perhaps leaves as well). It would be wrong to say Poetry Professorship Job = Getting in BAP, but there is something more in Alexie's statistic that needs unpacking.
But I now wonder, is Hudson a professor? Based on Alexie's numbers, it seems a safe guess. Or should I say was he a professor, because I can't imagine an MFA program keeping him under these circumstances.
Aug 20, 2015
commented on Mary Anne Carter's Broadsides Do More Than Illustrate Poems
"Like all art that strains for respectability and promises "nourishment," they are the enemy of art."
So nice to have a juicy generalization draw me deeper into the article. Carter's work looks fascinating: more akin to Chinese traditions wherein the calligraphy, scroll, fabric, and text are integral to one another rather than Western printed broadsides.
Jun 17, 2015
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: His Ex-Girlfriend's Texts
And once the shitty boyfriend discovers the texts, you know, when she leaves the phone around where he can find it with the screen lock off, well there will be: More Drama! Hooray! LR's BF should get out of this while the getting is good.
Apr 28, 2015
commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: The Photo Play
Since the Glass Menagerie angle has been adequately discussed here, I will say it's interesting that this was not a "snooping" case. There is the entire prologue of "the document," and him letting her use the computer. Which means that part of him didn't care if she found that particular file folder or not. It would seem he left Mr. Chekov's gun out in plain sight with a box of ammunition sitting right next to it. How much of this was an intentional (albeit stupid) way of starting dialogue, as are many letters actually written to Dan in the hopes the Other Significant ("who is a long-time reader") sees it?
Or if he is really that dumb then the LW is better off with someone else. Either which way, there is a novel's worth of material here and we're only seeing a brief synopsis.
Mar 12, 2015
commented on I Was the MFA Student Who Made Ryan Boudinot Cry
Is there going to be an actual book review here ever again, or just conversations about writing? It's been two weeks since the Ann Pancake review by Paul, and with APRIL Festival coming up, can we maybe get some reviews of those books/writers?