February 6, 2010

This is What a Feminist [Poet] Looks Like Forum #2

To skip this intro and go directly to the forum, please scroll down to the next post!

Welcome to our second This is What a Feminist [Poet] Looks Like forum, where each day this week you will find new responses.

Monday February 1: Ching-In Chen, Jennifer Bartlett, & Kate Durbin
Tuesday February 2: Juliet Cook & Kate Schapira
Wednesday February 3: Kirsten Kaschock & Michele Battiste
Thursday February 4: Michelle Detorie & Stephanie Strickland
Friday February 5: T.A. Noonan & Theodora Danylevich
Saturday February 6: Amy King & Kirsten Kaschock 2
With more to come!

There are likely as many strains and modes of feminist poetics as there are of feminism, but in reviews, discussions, and even our own manifestos, we often fall into shorthand that fails to explore this valuable friction, our own variations. I'd longed for unpacking, and so issued this open-ended call:
This is What a Feminist [Poet] Looks Like: what branch of feminism, model of feminist poetics, feminist icon, or etc. informs your poetry? Or, from which of these does your poetry diverge? Are there particular feminist tactics you employ? Do you consider yourself a feminist in many ways, but don't particularly involve it in the poetry? Feel free to take liberties with the questions! Short, long, essay, manifesto, whatever appeals to you!

Our first forum was full of such provocative, funny, thoughtful, revealing, and kick-ass work, I thought we'd better run another. We hope you'll enjoy and join in the conversation. If you post on your own blog in response to this conversation, or if you're a poet identifying as a woman, and you'd like to add a post to this forum, please drop a note in the comments!

Curated by Danielle Pafunda


Posie Rider said...

This is awesome ladies! I would so like to get involved, being a Feminist poet with a big F. Please let me know how!
Posie R

shanna said...

Posie, here is the page to request an invitation: http://groups.google.com/group/pussipo

W.F. said...

Not to be "that guy" but . . . any male feminist poets lined up?

Danielle said...

Hi, W.F.,

Why do you ask?

We recently ran a forum for those who identify as men and consider themselves feminist or pro-feminist. You may read it here.


becca said...

It would be cool if there were "Where are the women?" rubber stamps that you could use on the internet, like a "Report Spam" button or something, but for smearing all over websites!

hoostown said...

I'm a gal, & I write things.

I recently blogged about the issue of wimmin writers here: http://hoostown.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/things-about-which-i-have-almost-no-authority-to-speak-part-iii/

This post was really just a response, & a snarky one, at that. I'd like to engage with these issues in a way that's less reactionary. Sign me up?

Yay. Wimmin.

Danielle said...

Hey, Hoostown!

Are you a poet? E-mail me at dpafunda [at] yahoo [dot] com.


W.F. said...


Thanks for the link. Really clears things up.