@Matt Buchanan Thanks, Matt. And I agree. As yet another straight, white, male reviewer, I'm obviously part of the problem, but I'm trying to find ways to mitigate (or at least investigate) that, and I'm glad to see more people in prominent places pushing this subject. For whatever it's worth, I have similar feelings about many male poets, but none are as talented or, I think, important, as Lockwood, and so I wanted to talk about her book while also thinking visibly about the reasons my take on her book was problematic--and to see if I could think and see beyond it.
The issues Matt raises here are important. We should always question the ways people in privilege respond to work that challenges that privilege. But my review is largely about that. As I write a few sentence later, "But I'm wrong. " And then, later still, "It’s also, if I’m paying enough attention, a reminder that my discomfort with Lockwood’s other poems (one of which appeared in Slate) might have something do with my advantaged standing as a straight white male in the culture she handles with such imaginative disregard." I open with that first paragraph in order to expose and then try to move past my own biases.