Maria Qamar, a Desi artist based in Canada, gave an interview for Dazed about her process, cultural appropriation, and much more: “It is really funny, because the whole point of this pop-art Indian thing was so that I could take the most American – the most western thing – I could find, which were American romance comics or novels. I wanted to take the most iconic thing, which is the soap opera, and blend them together. Right now it feels like I’m taking their shit and throwing it back at them, saying, ‘Here it is, you made this. This is all you.’”
With the new year comes a new crop of totally amazing reads. Here are some I can’t wait to get my hands on:
1) Where the Words End and My Body Begins by Amber Dawn
(Arsenal Pulp Press)
Amber Dawn’s known for her award-winning memoir How Poetry Saved My Life and her novel Sub Rosa, which reads like a feminist pulp novel/fairytale about sex workers. Where the Words End and My Body Begins, Dawn’s first book of poems, pays homage to legendary and emerging queer poets including Gertrude Stein, Christina Rossetti, and Adrienne Rich with a series of poems written in the 15th-century Spanish glosa form.
2) Houses by Nikki Wallschlaeger
I love how Nikki Wallschlaeger’s poems travel from building to building, room to room, from the exterior to the interior, from the often female-embodied everyday to the vast and looming social world that surrounds us, filled with problems and possibilities: “I have children that need lunches in the morning so I love them best. I also love lipstick and Europe, and the things that dead men say.”
Wallschlaeger’s first full-length book Houses is coming this May. Until then read some of her knockout poems here and here and here.
“While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.” – TIME apologizes for including “feminist” on its list of banned words for 2015 (but not for the fact that the entire list is basically language used by people other than straight white men, so like, whatevs, thanks TIME).
WEIRD SISTER’s own Morgan Parker’s brilliant personal essay “White People Love Me: Dispatches from the Token” over on VIDA: Women in Literary Arts’ site brings up really important ideas about tokenism and “diversity,” specifically within literary communities.
Transgender pioneer and author of Stone Butch Blues Leslie Feinberg died this week. We’re so grateful for hir incredibly important, insightful, beautiful work. Read Feinberg’s obituary, written by hir partner Minnie Bruce Pratt, here. Continue reading