“They wanted a white voice”: Women and Race in the Literary Arts

This is now up at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts:

They wanted the speaker of my poems more “anonymous”, more diffuse, less located in history, less pointed. I took that to mean that they wanted a white voice, one that can comment on or become (colonize) everything and by being that be anonymous, rather than, an embodied person like myself who might have a history and a relationship to history that is maybe contrary to theirs.

From “Roundtable: Policing the Other in the Literary World,” with Hoa Nguyen, Natalie Diaz, Bhanu Kapil, Sarah Gambito, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Metta Sáma, giovanni singleton, and Carmen Giménez Smith.


On Lorine Niedecker and Rhetoric

Jacket 2 has just posted an essay of mine that looks at the poetry of Lorine Niedecker in “Rhetoric of the everyday,” first delivered on a panel in 2014 at the 16th biennial meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America in San Antonio, TX. The essay picks up on topics I began for Fred Wah and Amy De’ath’s recently published collection, Toward. Some. Air: Remarks on Poetics (Banff Centre Press, 2015), wherein I discuss the writing of Roberto Tejada. A final essay on Susan Howe, delivered on a panel devoted to the notion of mood and poetry at NeMLA in May 2015, will conclude this trajectory of research. Upcoming critical work looks at Sun Ra, Amiri Baraka, Henry Dumas, and more.

Later this summer / fall I have essays on Linh Dinh, Stacy Szymaszek, and Ed Dorn scheduled to appear, respectively, in Liminalities, Boston Review, and Paideuma. I’m very happy to have these pieces coming out and will make updates here accordingly.