University of Georgia Press' new catalog came in the mail today with a full page on the new anthology, which listed all the contribs, as well!!!. The online version here doesn't list them, but I list them all under my page on Edited Anthologies. I have great regard for the seeds that were sown at AWP a few years back from the Claudia Rankine and Tony Hoagland debate--some would say debacle, but it led to a lot of discussion, some incendiary, some serious and thoughtful--that led to this project and am indebted to R. Dwayne Betts and Leslie McGrath for many hours--many--of discussion that helped me see a way forward for this project, as well as to the U of Georgia press that believed in the project's necessariness, and mostly to all of the contributors who wrote original essays or revised old ones or allowed some to be reprinted. I can't wait until we all make some noise with this when it lands in the world! Some of them are pretty provocative: you all taught me so much!!!!
Searing, evocative reflections on how literature addresses a perennially vexed issue
“Race is an old topic in poetry, but it still urges for in-depth exploration of visible or invisible labels of politics and racialization in America. This book, which gathers a collection of essays from poets and critics of different races, presents multiangle views about race and its relationship with poetry; the combined perspectives in A Sense of Regard has the potential to make a more significant contribution to the topic of poetry and race than any single author could accomplish.”
—Jianqing Zheng, editor of The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku “An important book. I am hard pressed to think of many anthologies that take on a cultural scope this wide and varied. Such a book needs to exist in the world, especially since our literary landscape largely lacks this kind of critical engagement with poetry, specifically written by poets rather than ‘traditional scholars.’”
—Matthew Shenoda, author of Tahrir Suite
Just back from the Great Mother New Father Conference, mucking up the mud with poet pals as well as drummers and musicians, dancers, story-tellers, and other mytho-poetics practitioners. I helped build and tend a sweat lodge, among other shenanigans and serious undertakings.