Lyricism, Political Poetry, Social Realism and Responsibility

Dear Blog, long time, no see. I’ve been busy, you see, teaching in two different schools, working the full time J-O-B, still trying to be active in community, and to have a life, and to rest. But I have been thinking, am always thinking about lots and lots of things. Certainly, I am learning, that teaching can do this to you, hyperstimulate you in multiple directions simultaneously. I’ve just listed on FB, the various reading recommendations I’ve been giving my grad students, in response to the work they’ve been bringing to workshop. Juggling all of these different poetries in mah head. It looks something like this: Yedda Morrison, Craig Santos Perez, Evie Shockley, Raina Leon, Aracelis Girmay, Suheir Hammad, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Rachel McKibbens, Roger Bonair-Agard, Tyehimba Jess, John Murillo, Mei Mei Berssenbrugge, Sarah Gambito, Oliver de la Paz, Truong Tran, Cecilia Vicuña, Linh Dinh, Harryette Mullen, et al.

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Art of Hustle 2: Curation, Consistency

I’m behind on my Art of Hustle stuff, which I’m writing about so that I can clear my head for Anthem’s podcast, which is tomorrow. It’s helpful for me to think about my work, to think about how to organize my work, so that I don’t get overwhelmed by it, or befuddled about what needs doing.

It’s important to be thoughtful and concrete, to be clear, to be open-minded, and to have follow-through. To be a big idea guy isn’t enough.

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Many Things, Including Doveglion and Generosity

Finally, a new post at Doveglion. Oscar has interviewed Roger Bonair-Agard about his poem, “contradiction: A Ghazal for L’il Wayne.” I am still getting my thoughts together on this poem, which I should do soon, because it’s on my syllabus for next week. I am glad to read Roger’s thoughts on specific word choice, on poetic form, and tradition.

We are still figuring out what to do with the Doveglion space. I have approached one poet about submitting a full length book manuscript. There are a few poets we have lined up to post here. It’ll happen really slowly. I am good with this. There is only so much time and energy I have. Again, I have been thinking about literary activism, about practicing generosity. That’s generally how I am thinking of the Doveglion space.

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Doveglion! Have Come! Am Here!

From the Penguin website:

The centennial edition of major Filipino writer José Garcia Villa’s collected poetry

Known as the “Pope of Greenwich Village,” José Garcia Villa had a special status as the only Asian poet among a group of modern literary giants in 1940s New York that included W. H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, and a young Gore Vidal. But beyond his exotic ethnicity, Villa was a global poet who was admired for “the reverence, the raptness, the depth of concentration in [his] bravely deep poems” (Marianne Moore). Doveglion (Villa’s pen name—for dove, eagle, and lion) contains Villa’s collected poetry, including rare and previously unpublished material.


As Ian Rosales Casocot reminds us over at his blog, José Garcia Villa’s Doveglion is only the second Filipino author ever published by Penguin Classics, José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere (Harold Augenbraum, trans.) being the first.