Selvedge and Synthesis: My Current Threads

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My current threads:

I’ve just submitted my selections to Didi Menendez for the Best of MiPOesias 2000 to 2010 anthology, from OCHO #16. Debbie Yee’s “Cinderella’s Last Will and Testament,” included in this issue, is already included in the anthology as it’s been selected for Best American Poetry 2009. That said, my selections for Best of MiPOesias are Dillon Westbrook’s long poem excerpt from “long life,” and Jaime Jacinto’s “World’s Fair.” I’d already previously nominated Jaime’s poem, “Manong’s Gift” for a Pushcart Prize; biased as I am, I believe very much that he is an exceptional poet.

Eileen Tabios has written on her blog this morning something I find myself really very much agreeing with: “…if you believe poetry is marginalized in today’s (U.S.) culture and want to know why poetry is marginalized, it’s NOT BECAUSE POETS ARE WRITING IRRELEVANTLY. It’s not because poets aren’t writing about what’s ‘important’ to write about like politics (what’s ‘important’ is subjective, yah?). It’s not because poets are writing ‘elliptically.’ It’s not because poets are writing ‘narcissistically.’ It’s not because poets are ‘writing to each other.’ It’s not because poets are flarf-in’. It’s not because they’re too ‘quiet’ or too ‘avant.’ It’s not because too many poets write ‘academically’ or got their MFAs. It’s not because poets aren’t doing their job — anyone who feels they can define a poet’s ‘job’ is generally just arrogant or looking for a way to grab attention for himself (yes, it’s usually a him). // If you believe poetry is marginalized (and that is an ‘if’), then poetry is marginalized today in large part because K-12 (Kindergarten to 12th grade) education has, in too many cases, eliminated the relevance of the arts….including any notion that a particular art form can be expanded beyond what is inherited by an artist.”

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For the students who asked: excerpts of Poeta en San Francisco published online

Given that buying books can be cost prohibitive for students, here is where students can read excerpts of Poeta en San Francisco online:

Philippine American Writers and Artists Inc.



Blue Fifth Review.

As well, there is always the library.

Bits of Poetry News

(1) OCHO #16: MiPOesias Magazine Print Companion is now available at Amazon. Have a look see here.

(2) Many thanks to Brenda Iijima of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs who will be publishing my chapbook, Cherry. More info forthcoming.

(3) Many interesting folk have been visiting this here blog; this weekend has seen both Bill Knott and Juan Felipe Herrera commenting on recent posts. So interesting.

(4) Tomorrow evening is Literary Death Match! Will be sure to get all diva’ed fantastic for the affair.

(5) We saw Dagoberto Gilb this evening at Modern Times Books in the Mission. Alejandro Murguía was there with Raza Studies and/or Creative Writing classes from SFSU. More on all this later. Now, sleep.

OCHO 16 is now available!

OCHO 16: MiPOesias Magazine Print Companion

Guest Edited by Barbara Jane Reyes

Featuring: Tara Betts, Brian Dean Bollman, Ching-In Chen, Sasha Pimentel Chacón, Linh Dinh, Sarah Gambito, Jessica Hagedorn, Jaime Jacinto, Nathaniel Mackey, Craig Santos Perez, Matthew Shenoda, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Truong Tran, Dillon Westbrook, Debbie Yee

Cover Art: “Imperialism, 24″ by Juan Carlos Quintana.

Buy your copy here.