This is a call for theoretically informed, critically engaged poetic contributions for an anthology of feminist feeling, curated by Seam Editions and guest edited by Kim Lockwood.
In this current political climate, we feel that it is vital for us to reexamine the metaphors, allusions, and avoidances that are used to construct or deny female identities under neoliberalism. We are therefore looking for poetic work which interrogates assumptions about female experience, to be curated in an unformed anthology called Slant.
These representations and constructions of female identities are part of a rich literary tradition of unreal women which, we believe, continue to shape and inform political and cultural conceptions of female experience and identity. We’re interested in work that not only reclaims or reworks traditional allegories of woman-as-muse or woman-as-myth, but pulls these metaphorical renderings apart at the seams and refuses to let female embodiment, female feeling, and female actuality be made more palatable or less confrontational.
We’re looking for writing that is fiercely emotional and critically informed: work that both speaks to and critically examines a poetic tradition of female metaphor, allusion, and elision, and is thoroughly engaged with and informed by feminist theoretical, philosophical, and critical thinking. Crucially, we want to see poetry which takes this subject on in both content and form. We’re looking for poetry that is innovative and experimental in terms of approach, form, content, and medium.
Slant will be an unformed anthology – a collection, but not bound in traditional book form – which will allow for the freer movement of the pieces, to let the reader re-order, shuffle, and play around with their encounter with the works. We want to let these pieces speak to the reader, and each other, in equal measure; to create a flowing and ongoing dialogue between writer, reader, and text.
There are no restrictions on the length or form of poems; work needs to be printable, but we’re very open to work that wants to play around with the appearance or medium of its printed production.
Please send up to 3 poems for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Slant Anthology” in your email subject line, and ensure that your name is on each page of your submission, and that the pages are numbered, so we can keep track of the poems we receive and read them as intended. Please feel free to note any presentation ideas for the poem/s that you would like us to bear in mind too.
Please include a 150-200 word biography with your work, just so we know a little about you.
Closing Date: 26 April 2019