Sometimes a poem…


Ghost Doe

I’m always in the east.
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Amy King

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“Write, let no one hold you back, let nothing stop you: not man; not the imbecilic capitalist machinery, in which the publishing houses are the crafty, obsequious relayers of imperatives handed down by an economy that works against us and off our backs; not yourself. Smug-faced readers, managing editors, and big bosses don’t like the true texts of women – female-sexed texts. That kind scares them.” –Hélène Cixous

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Thanks backatchya, Mr. Knott.

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Review copies are getting round…

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2 thoughts on “Sometimes a poem…

  1. Amy,

    love that Cixous quote! You made my day. Especially the “not the imbecilic capitalist machinery, in which the publishing houses are the crafty, obsequious relayers of imperatives handed down by an economy that works against us and off our backs”.

    How well that describes publishing and the literary establishment in my Canada.

  2. Interesting…the Cixous quote is from 1976.
    In 2009 we are dealing with more hyper-Capitalism than Capitalism,
    almost by definition of cash-streams. Take a look at the last 10 years of corporate
    history in publishing. Some rather massive and risky leveraging in the face of steady-state or slightly declining business. There are actual scientifically measured
    connections w/respect to investment:
    http://www.livescience.com/culture/080930-testosterone-risk.html
    http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2008/09/financial-risk-taking-tied-testosterone
    Now, some level of risk-taking can be proven to be necessary, and some functions
    want more of it than others. Too much rask-taking has severe consequences, as
    we are all aware now with our junk debt recession.
    As mentioned, if I look at actual best-selling names in 2008, women are in the
    lead, in spite of obsolete lists. But look at the recent history of a behemoth like
    HRH/Riverdeep (Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt,etc)….and the performance of this
    risk-money scheme (the CreditSuisse etc holders). Before that, we have
    Vivendi’s ventures and losses, and before that…etc. The stridency of the PW list
    against actual sales, and the persistence of big-risk money and losses in
    the publishing arena suggest to me that maybe (speculative goggles on)
    publishing is a particularly appealing target of pride and want. In several “Star
    Trek” series, there is a very acquisitive race called the Ferengi.
    They forgive a lot in the pursuit of profit, but the ultimate condemnation
    is reserved for power wielded in excess, for personal reasons, at the cost
    of profits. I wonder if the Ferengi would find recent activities even at odds
    with proper Capitalistic modes and motives. Are we looking at Capitalism per se,
    or Capitalism that has been ‘mounted’?

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