amongst books

amongst books

Saturday, August 21, 2010

20 minute rant-not me, but the work

i don’t speak for anyone but myself. i am a woman, but i do not represent any other woman or women in general. what i say applies to me alone.

i do not want my work to be published because of who i am, but rather for the quality of the work. i respect other women’s decisions to be published in women’s only publications if they desire. i don’t know what they have gone through and how or if their voices have been silenced and what leads them to agree to be part of such. but for my own work, i want it to be considered based on its merits alone.

i have written work in the character of males, females, FTMs and MTFs, gays, straights, lesbians and bisexuals. i have written in the voice of the living, the dead and an alien. clearly there is a part of me in all of these voices because i am part of the world. i am not divided from others in the world by means of my gender or any other category i’m slotted in.

i respect that publishers will sometimes make use of these categories in order to make a work more marketable. right now it’s a trend to publish all women publications. there is Coach House’s Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women's Poetry and Poetics, Matrix Magazine recently had an all women’s issue and Room is an all women’s journal. i won’t participate in gender segregation, either as a writer or a reader.

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