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May 25, 2012


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Great post--I often have similar thoughts about the APA film world, which has similar issues (with the added bonus of the lure of of stardom and capital). I'm all for inclusiveness so right on to you as a member of the Chicano/a & Latino/a poetry community!

I'm happy to read these thoughts too. I love the idea of community, but inevitably once I've felt myself part of one, I start feeling an equal measure of alienation and exclusion -- always that feeling of being simultaneously too ____ and not enough ____ for the other members of the community. Maybe the problem is always as soon as a community gets named, it becomes bounded, just as words both explain and limit the nature of things. Thank you for this post.

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