Craig Santos Perez
|Cover image: “Blackbird,” composite photograph by Anannya Dasgupta|
We are very happy to say that the second issue (Winter 2011) of Lantern Review is now available! Among the wonderful poetry and visual art featured in the issue are Aryanil Mukherjee’s “honeycomb scriptures :: world granulated” and Marc Vincenz’s “Taishan Mountain”.
It is also very worthwhile to read the editors’ note, in which Mia Ayumi Malhotra & Iris A. Law discuss questions such as “How exactly does one define ‘Asian’ literature within the context of a literary publication, and should a self-proclaimed ‘Asian’ journal only publish writing that falls neatly within the parameters of such a definition?” Read the full note here.
- Aryanil Mukherjee’s “Hand Movement of a Puppeteer” was published in Issue 9 of Cha and discussed here.
- Marc Vincenz’s poetry was published in Issue 10 of Cha.
- A Cup of Fine Tea: Eddie Tay’s “Night Thoughts” [Link].
- A Cup of Fine Tea: Eddie Tay’s “Country” [Link].
- A Cup of Fine Tea: Eddie Tay’s “Cities’ [Link].
Henry emphasises, among other things, the Asian-themed poetry (‘Most of the poems in this issue fit the “Asian” label easily enough[.]’) and the translations (‘I laud Cha for being international and diglossic, because the presence—or shadow—of other languages encourages us to confront our own more objectively.’) in the issue as well as our critique column, A Cup of Fine Tea:
If you followed the links to these poems, you’ll know that many are paired with commentary or reviews in the correlating blog, A Cup of Fine Tea, emphasizing the dialogue that small-press literary journals are intended to be.
In the review, works by Annie Zaidi, Clara Hsu, Eddie Tay, Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Helle Annette Slutz, Kim-An Lieberman, Marco Yan, Inara Cedrins and Peters Bruveris, Phill Provance, Steven Schroeder and W.F. Lantry are discussed, some very favourably.
The discussion of “Asian-ness” reminded me of Jeff‘s editorial written for the second anniversary issue of Cha (Issue #9), in which he contemplates on the notion of “Asian writing community” in today’s globalised world:
I also had no sense of the diversity of the Asian writing community. When we began, I assumed that Asian writers were those found on the continent, locals, maybe a handful of expats. I have come to realise that this definition was far too narrow—that in a globalised world the idea of Asian writing must be more inclusive and fluid, must encompass the perspectives of writers from the diasporas, travellers to the region, even people with an interest in the continent. Asia it turns out is everywhere. All you have to do is open your doors. How else can one run a Hong-Kong based journal from a house in London?
Admittedly, the passage above does not cover works by ‘foreigners’ that are not in any way thematically relevant to Asia — a concern raised by Henry in his review of Cha. Looking through the journal’s archive, I can say that the prose pieces are all Asian-related while in other categories we have not been as strict. For example, in our selection of poetry, “Asian” is far from the first criteria that we use to judge a piece. Why is that? Henry has drawn our attention to a point that we will certainly be thinking some more. What are people’s thoughts on this?
Thank you, Henry and Lantern Review, for reading Cha so attentively and sharing your thoughts with us!
Also read “Cha A Literary Review Debate”.
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Lantern Review aims to serve the literary community by providing a virtual space in which to promote and discuss the work of contemporary Asian American poets and artists. We seek to publish expertly crafted work in a variety of forms and aesthetics, including traditional and experimental pieces, hybrid forms, multimedia work, and new translations. We welcome pieces from anglophone writers of all ethnic backgrounds whose work has a vested interest in issues relevant to the Asian diaspora in North America, as well as work created collaboratively in a community context.
- Ocean Vuong’s poetry has been published in issue #10 of Cha.
- Luisa A. Igloria’s poetry was published in issue #2 and issue #8 ofCha.
- Steve Wing’s photography was published in issue #7 of Cha.
- Craig Santos Perez’s review has previously been published in issue #9 of Cha.
- Iris A. Law’s poetry has been published in issue #7 of Cha.