Amy's link doesn't seem to be working, but this one should:http://amyking.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/the-gurlesque/I think the fact that the Gurlesque anthology is bringing forward strong reactions about these issues is a good thing. Women poets SHOULD be talking about queerness, appropriation, weighty terminology(ies), heterosexual and homosexual realities and constructs, writing the feminine (and in that case, the femme and the not-femme) etc. My feeling is that Gurlesque is an emerging and likely evolving concept. The debate is valuable.
For that matter, *ALL* poets should be talking about those issues.
I agree, Hanna! I think the fact that the conversations get so fraught is because people are deeply, personally invested in identities and performances and genders and poetics -- of course! And we wouldn't have it any other way.
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