I consider my Self Canadian. I was born in a Small Town in Northern British Columbia and spent Most of my Childhood and Adolescence there. That Place had a Profound Effect on me. I have lived in Victoria Longer than Any Other Place since my Childhood. It features Heavily in my Work, but it is a Place I am visiting. Really, I am an InterNet Poet. I think Physical Geographical Location - Place - is Very Important to Poetry, how Ever, Even to InterNet Poetry. Without Place, you have noThing, you have no Grounding. Your Work is inSubstansial. That is what is Wrong with so Much Alt Lit Poetry : on the InterNet, these Kids are trying to write Some Thing Placeless, Some Thing Universal. But Really, what they end up saying is : I am Part of the Demographic that has More Access to the InterNet than Any Other, ie : I am an American Middle Class SubUrbanite. Place writes its Self in. You cannot escape it. It's Better to own it. That is how you create Diversity and the Unique. The Best Writers, the Best Artists, are the Ones with the Clearest Sense of Place. Noah Cicero is One of my Favorite Alt Lit Writers because he is Very Much “from” Youngstown, Ohio. Tao Lin likes to pretend he is a Diffuse Consciousness living on the Internet. He lives too Much in his Head.
What ranges of political engagement and modes of resistance does writing/reading poetry offer you?