5.08.2005

this was about a panel I'm assembling, but:

But the whole idea of nodding to multiculturalism through tokenism is a bit revolting to me.


The PIP anthology includes at least three African-American So Cal residents, Coleman, Alexander, and Mullen. Generally, the more typical anthologies, if they include one of the three, include only Coleman. The formal / academics don't include Mullen, although she uses constraint, blues stanza, and is an academic. Why? I dunno.

2 comments:

Ron said...

Because she's been known to hang out with post-avants -- it's almost that simple. Muse & Drudge was published by Singing Horse Press, a great press but run by Gil Ott. If she had published with Copper Canyon or Godine or whomever, it would be different.

Catherine said...

well, but she does do a lot of what I'm inclined to call "frog kissing" -- teaching at Cecilia Wolloch's Idylwild program, reading for Laurel Ann Bogen at the now-defunct LACMA series, teaching & reading for the Valley Contemporary Poets -- if any of these groups have met or heard or read an African - American LA poet's poetry, it is more likely to be Mullen's than anyone else's...