Posts Tagged: Elisa Gabbert

Dear White Men, Publish Responsibly

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For Electric Literature, Adalena Kavanagh has a conversation with poet Elisa Gabbert on Google Chat about how to advise white male writers to publish ethically. Their conversation also explores topics related to power structures in the publishing industry, and the implications of white authors writing from the perspective of a different race:

There is a long tradition of male novelists writing female characters, and that doesn’t feel *necessarily* problematic to me.

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National Poetry Month Day 11: “The History of Asterisks” by Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney

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The History of Asterisks

It is midnight under the sky’s dome ceiling.
The moon speaks, saying nothing of consequence.
John Wayne is from Iowa, so we hitchhiked West
and I realized I never really loved you.
Your skepticism of scientific indices of happiness
is probably gendered or otherwise distorted.

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“Southern Wind, Clear Sky”: A Rumpus Original Poem by Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney

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Southern Wind, Clear Sky

Hokusai says the morning is clear, but it’s never really clear around Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is an active volcano, so we can never get entirely comfortable
People have their theories, but nobody knows for sure what the Fuji part of the name Mount Fuji actually means
Mount Fuji may not be red, but children will tell you the sky isn’t blue
In Japan, traffic lights are considered to be red, yellow, and “blue,” whether one is near Mount Fuji or not
The closer you get to Mount Fuji, the more unattainable it seems
Hokusai did 36 woodblock print views of Mount Fuji, but was never fully satisfied
This particular woodblock is a study in treeline and stratus over Mount Fuji
When the wind hits Mount Fuji from the south, the eye becomes restless
Those near Mount Fuji have longer life spans, but not because of their proximity to the mountain
The trees on Mount Fuji in the 1700s have been replaced by crowds of climbers in the 21st century
The rivulets, the rivulets on Mount Fuji are snow, not ash, I assure you
What if I told you no one has ever looked into the top of Mount Fuji?
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Diversity in Voices

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In a very powerful piece in the Guardian, Bidisha writes about how she’s tired of being the token woman in the British arts scene, and about how women are consistently underrepresented in reviews, on panels, and in other venues. Her numbers speak for themselves: “I felt it [nausea] when I saw this week’s edition of the London Review of Books.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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It’s Saturday night and it’s poetry time. Who else is excited?

I always figured the Irish got excited about poetry. Roddy Doyle says otherwise.

I’m late to the game in discovering the Poetry Foundation’s podcasts, but I’m having some fun listening to them.

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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The Irish Times reports on Seamus Heaney’s Irish Human Rights Commission lecture, in which he argues that the work of writers has been crucial in keeping alive the spirit of freedom. I’m looking forward to seeing a transcript of this speech, because I’d like to see how far he pushes the comparison.

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