Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Locus Online: Asian American Speculative Poetry

This week, Locus Online has posted an article of mine regarding the significant and groundbreaking work Asian Americans are accomplishing in speculative poetry. You can see the article at:

I really wanted  to bring a focus to the work that Southeast Asian American writers are doing. From the Hmong to the Vietnamese and Lao, there's some new myths, new experiences and perspectives being brought forward. I think they're worth keeping an eye on.

But we also took a look at several books that might not normally be considered speculative poetry such as Barbara Jane Reyes' Diwata or Lee Ann Roripaugh's Year of the Snake. But I hope readers will engage with the subject and weigh for themselves what they expect of speculative poetry and how diverse voices are broadening and strengthening the forms.

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