So we're supposed to write about poetry -- collections or a poem or something -- in some manner. I went to the library. I didn't pack any poetry books! So I'll be posting earlier than the rest most likely. But I told the research librarian what I was doing and she said maybe an impression of changes?
She took me to some older volumes and I saw one from 1971, published by The World Publishing Company (World Publishing Times Mirror). Al Lee made the selections and wrote the introduction. The book is entitled The Major Young Poets. It features eight poets:
David P. Young
Do any of those eight stand out to you?
But what does stand out is that everyone of them is a man. Apparently, in 1971, women didn't write poetry. Or they didn't write "major" poetry.
You know us gals, we're so scared of words. We're really non-verbal and much more into the physical which is why we've long excelled at competitive and combative sports, right?
What a load of crap.
Al Lee's an idiot. His intro is nothing but self-justification for his sorry ass and sexist choices.
So could it happen today?
Could this volume be published?
Sadly, I think so. Go read Ava and C.I.'s "CPB failing the mandate for diversity (Ava and C.I.)" from Sunday. The CPB gave a grant to create a radio show that would promote diversity. The radio show now plays White men from England, Canada and the US in overwhelming numbers. And less than 1/5 of the songs played are women (solo or in a group with men or other women).
And Ava and C.I. are probably going to be the only ones who call that out.
So, yes, I think Lee's garbage could be published again today -- an all male volume that insists these are major poets and implies that there are no major women poets.
I don't see that much has changed except a few of us would be very vocal about what a sexist pig Al Lee is.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"