Blame this one on Rashaan Alexis Meneses and Rachelle Cruz, for introducing me to the idea of “mapping” and “circles of influence.” I thought I would try it too, to see how I’ve grown, and who’s contributed to this, who’s influenced me. Whom have I read, who were my teachers, with whom have I had substantial poetic and academic exchange. And now, who and what are interesting to me, as an editor, educator, as a poet trying to continue growing, producing, and publishing, and with strong consideration to community building (i.e. not lip service, but actual practice). I see now, these days, I have expanded my interested in orgs, to now include the kinds of communities formed via indie publishing, an expansion of my interest in Maganda and KSW back in the day.

Certainly, this “map” is by no means complete; I can barely remember folks from college, and I’ve also just pooped out. Also, to come close to “accurate,” I would have to have multicolored, hand drawn lines and arrows of relation from name to name to org to venue. So anyway, thanks Rachelle and Rashaan. This was helpful in my figuring out where I fit in stuff:



7 thoughts on “Poetry Body Map Influence Community

  • August 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    Just saw your comment on G+. Yes, I feel heartened to see how large (and growing) our communities are. It’s also very cool to see folks like Juan Felipe Herrera who occupy so MANY spaces and communities; I strive to be that committed.

    I’m interested in making more maps. What would aesthetic/political/philosophical lineage maps look like?

    Thanks again for sharing! This exercise was a good reminder to step back and be proud.


  • August 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Hi Barbara & Rachelle,

    I love these maps! For some reason, I keep thinking of constellation charts of my literary/artistic/teaching horizon. I’m also thinking about how the influences may have also obscured my vision. Can’t have good without bad. And how to de-idolize my idols or, sometimes, even, destroy them. Lots to process. Thanks for this wonderfully categorized and inspirational map.

  • August 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Thanks, Rachelle and Rashaan! Yeah, these maps need to be in 3D (x,y,z, axes) and on intersecting planes in order to ‘capture’ those other factors!

    Rashaan, I like what you say re: idols obscuring your vision. I think about that – mentors who won’t let go and let you keep growing on your own and perhaps on different trajectories than theirs, mentors who want mini-mee’s, or just that we as growing artists and educators also need to know when to cut ourselves loose from a teacher?

  • August 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I am intrigued. Is this a downloadable app that i can get? I never heard of a map app but it looks good. I’d love to get one myself. Please advise.


  • August 9, 2011 at 1:43 am

    i’m honored to have been included in your map. seriously.

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