When you pick up a book, do you think about the gender of the author?
Friends, today I made a huge mistake. I accidentally read a few comments on a piece of internet journalism, and now I feel compelled to blog about it like some sort of millennial trapped in a sustainably sourced jar of self righteousness. NB, I only learned last week that I’m technically young enough to be counted as a millennial. After some initial misgivings and five minutes of soul searching, I have fully embraced this status change and started a 12 books tumblr.
In case you missed the simple pleasure that was the #derangedpoetess hashtag kicking about on Twitter, I shall briefly summarise. Last week, a journalist called Oliver Thring wrote what can be read as a pretty sexist piece for the Sunday Times about poet Sarah Howe, winner of the T.S.Eliot prize. Some fellow female poets then tweeted to suggest the language he used was somewhat crass (this overview by Katy Evans-Bush details that line of thinking). Thring responded by saying he was being harangued by ‘deranged poetesses’. Continue reading “How To Be A Deranged Poetess” →
Last week, (on Monday 11th November to be precise) I was
surfing Pinterest, as is my wont using Pinterest for important research to help fill the 12 Books Facebook Page with kickass content, when I came across this.