Here is Rachel’s poem: THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT CAN LIT
Rachel describes her poem as “a rant, for anyone who needs one.” I am posting this link because I believe that many of us need to hear her passionate and personal words.
Here are some paths leading into the ongoing conversation.
“Again, I am far less interested in whether or not individual poet-critics recognize or shift their violently gendered discourse. This is not about the individual poet-critic. This conversation is about recognizing, articulating, and unpacking malignant myopias in Canadian literary and cultural production. Yet again.”
“Many CWILA members agree that the discussion has this question as its focus: what kind of review culture do we have, and what kind of review culture do we want to have?”
“The argument is this: negative reviewing can be defended only with reference to capitalist market forces; editors can effectively demand that a reviewer write about a bad book if the author is famous enough; and since hard hits sell papers as well as seats in hockey arenas, that’s how the review gets written. I now believe that this argument does not accurately represent the psychology of the matter. A number of comments, some thoughtful, some posted on blogs before the controversy erupted, have convinced me that some people write negative reviews because they enjoy feeling hatred; they find it erotically satisfying.”
SOME THOUGHTS OF MY OWN
Rachel asks, “What if the body of literature down the hall is so much greater than you ever imagined?”
Those of us who do our work down the hall are already in a majority.
Question: Who is watching the Watchman?
Answer: All of us.