Monday, April 10, 2006

Women participate in poetry -- on the Internet -- at a level deserving parenthetical mention? (This was originally linked to another blog post -- that just went poof) That's not what I keep reading. Well, the article mentions La Petite Zine and that currently has a woman editor and had others in the past. What -- you want more than that? You want a woman blogger mentioned? Well, first you have to get someone who actually reads blogs to write one of those articles for one of those kinds of publications. So nice PW has stamped online publishing as "legit" -- you know, cause I was having trouble with my self-esteem.

Note: Hmm, OK, I was wrong. The author has a blog so my assumption that he doesn't read blogs is probably incorrect. But the phantom post that originally brought my attention to this article still brought up a legitimate point. Maybe more legitimate.

Just saying.


At 7:23 PM, Blogger Anne Boyer said...

Sorry I deleted it (and thanks for keeping it in the conversation).

My tired is at war with my pissed.


At 8:33 PM, Blogger François said...

I decided not to write about poetry on my blog for the duration of National Poetry Month ...

... I have failed miserably.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger shanna said...

jessica remarked on this too, as did nada (whose blog is actually one of the first i read regularly). it seems very duh to ask at least one woman. but apparently it just didn't occur to him.

in general, tho, i will say CT seems to read & admire women poets regularly on his blog and in his reviews, so i was surprised/disappointed.

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed too and posted a comment about it on Silliman's blog.

At 2:43 AM, Blogger Michelle Detorie said...

I have over 230 women poets who blog over on my blog roll at womb:

At 8:06 AM, Blogger shanna said...

so after we were all talking about this yesterday, i figured we should just ask him why, so i did. he posted a response here (which reb has seen, but i didn't know if the rest of you had).

i guess he did ask a woman web journal editor for an interview but didn't hear back from her. and then deadline pressure made it impossible for him to include any women poetry bloggers or online editors even by mention. because, you know, that takes all of five seconds.

but, i'm on the rag. so i'm probably being hysterical.

the point, as reb says, is that this article was supposed to be introducing the industry to the blogging dynamic in poetry, and it left women completely out. as good-natured as CT is being about our criticism, i suspect it just didn't occur to him that this omission was potentially offensive--and wose, INACCURATE. there's really no other explanation for the lack. even his statement about why he chose ron & josh (both exemplary bloggers, agreed) had to do with stat counters. (mine stats are private--and in fact, i've never read a woman blogger talking about her hit-count that i can recall. is that another gender-based difference like what we were talking about on jessica's blog yesterday?)


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