Here’s my list of some poetry, poetics, film, etc. blogs I’ve been reading and enjoying:
- Javier Huerta, Unitedstatesean Notes.
- Niki Escobar, Fresko City.
- Rachelle Cruz, racruzzo.
- Guillermo Juan Parra, Venepoetics.
- Benito (Sunny) Vergara, film, eyeballs, brain.
- Prometheus Brown.
- Stephen Hong Sohn, et al, Asian American Literature Fans.
- Emil Guillermo, Emil Amok.
- Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, loudpoet.
- Marianne Villanueva, Kanlaon.
- Vince Gotera, The Man with the Blue Guitar.
- Hyphen magazine blog.
- Xican@ Poetry Daily.
- Robin Tremblay-McGaw, et al, X Poetics.
- Oscar Bermeo, Intuitive Intertextuality.
I’ve decided this is what I look for in a blog: these are fairly consistently updated, and consistent content-wise, and work-wise quite focused. No dramatics, just folks plugging away.
I enjoy Marianne’s blog because I appreciate her dailiness, how the voice of her “self” persona seems to me to contribute to or mirror the voices of her short stories’ protagonists. So I feel like I am witnessing the birthing place of Marianne’s future stories. I enjoy Vince’s blog because he is so generous and meticulous in discussing his poetic processes regarding specific poems.
As for poetic works in progress, consistent presentation of new poems, this is what I really like about Rachelle’s, Niki’s, and Oscar’s blogs. I am also just very glad to have found Niki and Rachelle, and/or that they have found me, and that we can share work in progress in e-spaces; this confirms that not all Pinay poets and writers find interacting with me scary or unsavory.
Finally, I am glad for Oscar’s poetry reading write-up’s and documentation (video and photo), about which Javier has also written. We don’t see this enough, the “review” of the live literary or poetic performance, and publicly accessible poetry audio/video archives (i.e. not in private collections or university libraries which non-students cannot easily access), and I believe this is partly (largely?) due to our being much more so fixated upon, obsessed about print publication as the only appropriate or valid medium for poetry. Still, think of PennSound, From the Fishouse, UCTV, and other such websites, and the possibility of even more as ways of opening up people’s access to poetry readings.