Critical responses to literary texts – especially ones that question and protest mainstream ideologies, celebrate identities of “difference,” or start difficult dialogues – don’t have to be approached in traditional ways. By the same token, when poets & writers want to tackle challenging issues in their creative writing workshops, they often find that the lengthy diatribe doesn’t encourage as much dialogue (or generate as much excitement) as they’d hoped. Thus, the microzine has become one of my preferred vehicles for personal-critical responses to texts as well as original explorations of self, society, and the myriad intersections of the two.
Rosemarie Dombrowski is the founder of Rinky Dink Press (a publisher of micropoetry), a poetry editor at Four Chambers, and the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series. She has received four Pushcart nominations, was a finalist for the Pangea Poetry Prize in 2015, and was nominated for the Best of the Net anthology in 2016 (Sundress publications). Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014) and The Philosophy of Unclean Things (Finishing Line Press, October 2016). She teaches courses on radical poetics, women’s lit, and creative ethnography at Arizona State University’s Downtown campus.