Thinking about Louise Glück. Here are some thoughts from 2014. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/play/76912
Sylvia Plath’s Daddy
Of all the poems to rewrite, or respond to, “Daddy” remains the most difficult (for me at least). It is its own ecosystem; it captures the range of traumas available to a young woman circa 1963 and onward, both inside and outside the house, the body, history. It enacts the repetitions of gendered trauma and…
My Ariel: Off Cuts
Big as My Ariel is there was a lot more that didn’t go in. I will post a few here over the next few weeks.
Thanks, Lambda, Wave to David & AWP
Waving to my friend David Groff, who was the one to tell me Lemon Hound won the Lambda back in 2007, and is here again, just sending me this photo from AWP, as I was writing this post with the news that My Ariel is also up for a Lambda. I have been nominated a…
Students are coming! Save the date.
Featuring Renee Gladman, Danielle Dutton, Karen Solie, Oana Avasilichioaei, Stephanie Bolster, Tess Liem–more names to come!
Amazing Times, #metoo and beyond
I am no longer on social media of any kind, but I manage to keep up thanks to a fabulous network of women texting and emailing. Loved the smart piece from Zoe Whittall which you can find here: http://web.archive.org/web/20180205201323/https://thewalrus.ca/canlit-has-a-sexual-harassment-problem/ come on Walrus, do your job. Get it back online. Also, Catharine A. MacKinnon in the New…
LISTEN TO THE STUDENTS
I stand with the students. Support them. Support change. Demand accountability: “Concordia isn’t an aberration; it’s the norm,” Ms. Maxymiw tweeted. “Women in the writing world have known stuff like this for years. Our lives are obstacle courses. But I stand in solidarity with these women coming forward in canlit. #metoo, finally.” When asked if…
Recommends for 2017
I condensed my best of list for The Montreal Gazette. Here they are–
Lists, Reviews & Gratitude
I have had reviews. I have had lists. I am unbelievably lucky. And, as I write this I am waiting to hear whether my sister’s pain meds have kicked in. She is in palliative care in Northern British Columbia. I went to see her in October, and it’s not likely I will get back to…
On Engaging with Sylvia Plath’s Ariel
“Not long after I became a new mother of twins, campus sexual politics and accounts of sexual misconduct in the literary world arose ever closer in my sphere. I was angry on behalf of the many young women whose lives were affected – and by many of the responses around me. Then I became angry…