Friday, March 21, 2008

I'm going to be in Los Angeles next week for my boyfriend's thesis art show at USC. If you happen to be in LA, please come out for the opening. It will feature video art, photos, and I don't know what else. I have a neurotic tendency to butt in with unnecessary advice, so he and I decided that it would be best if he keeps his ideas to himself. I'm sure, though, that it will be a doozy of a show.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Parnassus is finally out. I have a long review essay on Asian American poetry. I am weary of critiquing anything under such a rubric, but in 2005-2007, this idea of Asian American poetry has been torqued and twisted by so many innovative poets that I thought why not. I review Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge's soon-to-be-classic "I Love Artists," Barbara Jane Reyes' "Poeta en San Francisco" and Shanxing Wang's "Mad Science in Imperial City."

I wanted to write a longer omnibus review that included the likes of Paolo Javier (his excellent "60 Love bo(e)mbs") Brian Kim Stefans and Linh Dinh, but alas, I had to narrow it to three.

As long as we're on the subject of Asianness, Action folks kindly sent me a copy of Kim Hyesoon's "Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers." Profoundly disturbing. Will write more after I finish.

I was also pleased to find that Roger Gilbert wrote an erudite review of "Dance Dance Revolution" in the same issue of Parnassus. Shanna Compton also wrote a
perceptive review of it for Galatea Resurrects.

The inestimable poet/critic Evie Shockley and I are guest editors for two issues of Jubilat and our first edited issue is out! Unfortunately, it's not online yet. This is a sugar plum of an issue. Highlights: Oni Buchanan's pyrotechnically assonantal "Maroon Canoe," Robyn Schiff's twisted and brilliant paean to Ralph Lauren, an interview with Peter Gizzi, Arda Collins' deadpan musings on heaven ("Heaven is a white formica table"), some beautiful urban poems by the German poet Steffan Popp, Lara Glenum's "post orifice" hang-ups in verse, and some undiscovereds like Jimmy Lo's underwater reveries and so much more. I read these submissions and and it made me want to brew some coffee and write. Or at least hum happily.

Friday, March 07, 2008

I'm so angry right now that I can't think of anything else but the current mudslinging that this race has degenerated into. Hillary Clinton's hypocrisy astounds. She doesn't apologize for Wolfson's ludicrous remark about Obama and Kenneth Starr and then a few hours later, becomes indignant and exploits Samantha Power's slip so that she could dig for more fundraising despite the fact that Power stepped down and Obama apologized. If she continues these below-the-belt negative tactics, she is going to lose new voters in droves. That is, if she miraculously wins the nomination. I can't believe just a week ago, I actually liked her.

Here's a semi-old interview Salon conducted with Powers. Power's antipathy against the Clintons is not isolated to her quote in The Scotsman. In her book, "A Problem From Hell," she charges the Clintons for royally screwing up Rwanda. I have not read it but apparently it's a sober and intelligent study on recent acts of genocide.