`He said; she said' article about poem
Victoria Kondor's article concerning the poem “Indian Girl” by Linda McCarriston left me disappointed and sad. The issues involved with Diane Benson's reaction to a painful poem is hardly analyzed and one is left with interviews of people taking sides in a controversy that many fail to appreciate.
In the “he said; she said” of class interactions, the contrived and exploited description of demonstrators playing drums, the lack of understanding of the Native: Anchorage: UAA divide, all contribute to making the actual importance of McCarriston's poem dimmed.
There is no place to go with such polarization. However, two crucial themes should be addressed: the demands of the literary profession in our web-like world and “what part of `ouch' don't you understand?” Let's leave martyrdom to the Lower 48.
Rachel Epstein, UAA Bookstore clerk