Posts Tagged: Best American Poetry

Cheaters Sometimes Win

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While the poetry world continues to grapple with the Best American Poetry controversy, perhaps its worth considering why anyone would try to game the system. Theodore Ross over at The New Republic explains how cheating is one of the best ways of getting published. He confesses to his own misdeeds, including ignoring submission guidelines and […]

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White Jealousy

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The new Best American Poetry anthology, edited by Sherman Alexie, contains a poem by the very white Michael Derrick Hudson who used the pen-name Yi-Fen Chou to get his poem into publication. Now, Asian American poets are pushing to get readers interested in actual Asian poets, in addition to decrying Hudson’s attempts to game the system: […]

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, in the Saturday Essay, Melissa Carroll praises the “refreshing” film, The Diary of a Teenage Girl. But despite the wonderful story, great acting, and a great soundtrack, something about the movie falls short, Carroll argues. Some aspects of the adaptation are not fully faithful to Phoebe Gloeckner‘s graphic novel of the same name. “Unfortunately,” Carroll writes, “Marielle Heller’s conclusions […]

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An Open Letter to Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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Dear Aimee, So the latest thing (why is there always a latest thing) is that a white man used a Chinese name to submit poems that were then chosen for Prairie Schooner and then included in Best American Poetry 2015 which of course has a lovely poem of yours in it too! Your first appearance, you said. The scandal no one […]

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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A tale of a poetry reading, or maybe the word “cock” is inherently funny. Annie Finch tells you everything you need to know about the sonnet. Who was in Best American Poetry 2009? The answer probably won’t surprise you. W. S. DiPiero in Threepenny Review: “Certain art gets fresh with us. It stings with what […]

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