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Tuesday
Apr292014

NPM Day 29 & 30

Today's suggested book is the anthology When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience edited by Kate Lynn Hibbard and its counterpart Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience edited by Raymond Luczak.

 

I will admit upfront that I am biased because I have poems in When We Become Weavers, but I think these anthologies are so important. The Midwest--and rural areas in general--have such a negative reputation in terms of their treatment of queers, and while there is some good reasons for that,  also think it's dangerous to see things so narrowly. It's important to see the wide variety of experiences, and the ways in which identites of race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect with issues of regionalism. These poems highlight not only some fantastic poets from or currently residing in the Midwest, but a variety of experiences. 

Both anthologies are fantastic additions to the poetry landscape.

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