Monday, September 07, 2015

Poetry and Pen Names

Ann Althouse blogs about a case where a white male poet adopted a Chinese-sounding name in order to get published. And it worked, even though he got caught. He made it into a book called Best American Poetry 2015!

The editor wrote:

"If I'd pulled the poem then I would have been denying that I was consciously and deliberately seeking to address past racial, cultural, social, and aesthetic injustices in the poetry world...."

I think the anthology may need a longer title.

Instead of just calling it "Best"
let's try "Injustice Redressed".

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