3.27.2009

just found out about Ele Carpenter and her Open House Embroidery project

wanted to e-mail her about Hazel Hall and her poetry: the way that (womens) needlework is like poetry is like the intricacies of coding

3.25.2009

Join Aunt Lute Books for this exciting event...

Women Reading, Women Writing: Celebrating Four Centuries of Women's Literary Culture

Featuring: Ina Cumpiano, Jewelle Gomez, Judy Grahn, Janice Mirikitani and Aimee Phan

April 2, 2009

Where: The Women's Building, The Audre Lorde Room
35 43 18th St. #8
San Francisco, CA 94110
(cross street Valencia)

Time: 6:00 pm refreshments, 6:45 pm program

Cost: Free

Aunt Lute Books, a San Francisco-based multicultural woman's press, presents the event Women Reading, Women Writing. This occasion brings together Bay Area authors to expand the celebration of women's accomplishments beyond Women's History Month. Ina Cumpiano, Jewelle Gomez, Judy Grahn, Janice Mirikitani and Aimee Phan, will present work from The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women's Writers. The gathered voices will contribute to and build upon the dialogue of women’s rich literary presence; a growing, relevant, conversation. Recognizing the literary tradition of women across generations and cultures, they will read selections that inspire/speak to them, as well as share some of their own work with the community audience.

Please Join Us!

Aunt Lute Books
P.O. Box 410687
San Francisco, CA 94141
Phone: (415) 826-1300
Fax: (415) 826-8300
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3.22.2009

In what ways do you, as a writer, seek to make your self attractive, appealing, scintillating, sympathetic, in your writing?

Is your writing performative in this way? Are you performing a "better self"? A more "appropriate" self?

In your reading of women's writing, do you think that women writers seek authorial approbation more than men writers?

Do you think that women writers now seek appprobation in their writing (not of their writing after the fact -- more about that later)? Less than previously?

What is the role of "modesty topos" and "retreat from the world, or world of publication" tropes together with this push forward of the attractive, worthy author?
posting by jeffrey side on blog, quote from seamus heaney, misremembering something someone said

There’s a phrase I heard as a criticism of W. H. Auden and I like the sound of it: somebody said that he didn’t have the rooted normality of the major talent. I’m not sure the criticism applies to Auden, but the gist of it is generally worth considering.

"the rooted normality of the major poet" -- because he was gay? is only a poet normal if a white male, or *resolutely default" if not? a late-comer to academics?

Side says, Whilst it is certainly true that Eliot was a conservative figure in both temperament and ideology, and that his later work was not as effervescent as that of his major period, Heaney’s suggestion that Eliot’s poetry evinces the ‘normal world’ is only accurate regarding content, the treatment of phenomena in Eliot, however, is seldom “normal” and usually problematical.

But Heaney's comment on "rooted normality of a major poet" is about content -- content springing from a usual enagagement (in many ways, though perhaps more critical, observant, etc. than usual) with the world -- the concrete mixer of grinding up rocks and pouring copies of the venus de milo, or david... or new things?