This week at the Rumpus, poetry editor Brian Spears speaks with Barbara Jane Reyes on oral poetry, creation myths, Avatar, and getting paid. Particularly interesting points include discussion on balancing the perpetuation of formal boundaries in poetry with the integrity of traditional Filipino culture, as well as the fetishization of native cultures in art and literature. If you have yet to read Reyes' newest book of poems Diwata, published by BOA Editions in 2010, this interview will surely have you visiting the BOA bookstore to order your own copy. Additionally, you can find further insights embedded within the interview from Brian Spears, whose sensitivity and humor serve to illuminate and provoke the kind of thoughtful responses one would hope to hear in any conversation. For more interviews, comics, and to sign up for "overly personal" emails from Rumpus editor Stephen Elliott, click here. See links to get your swag on with more BOA news and works from our all-star roster of authors .
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