We are calling for Refusal=Intervention in the Poetry Foundation’s Poem Sampler, “Asian American Voices in Poetry: A collection of poets and articles exploring Asian American culture”—and their gracious call for our “help” to “improve this feature.” This call for help is fundamentally not generous. It is racist.
The Poetry Foundation’s listing practices are an admission that whiteness, and white American poetry, is dominant, prevalent, widespread, and canonical. There are no lists on white poetry because we live it, every day. We live the white American fantasy (destruction), every second of our lives.
Their listing practices demonstrate the supposition that whiteness cannot be organized, while other ethnic categories can be—by a white institution.
Refusal=Intervention is angry, naturally … [KEEP READING]