Bunk’s Bunk — Bill Freind Reviews Kevin Young’s Bunk

Kevin Young,  Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2017. ​Kevin Young’s…

Bill Freind to Dispatches, 30 May 2018

Hey Dispatches, You’re the MS-13 of the poetry world, a shadowy, evil, and foreign entity that threatens the sanctity and very life of North American…

Bill Freind to Dispatches, on Dispatch #29 — 10 January 2018

I Hate Truth I have to say I’m puzzled by Dispatches #29 – on truth and the new totalitarianism. At first it seems to be a kind of jeremiad lamenting…

Dispatches and the Poetry Wars from Bill Freind

You couldn’t find two people who agreed about when it began, how could you say when it began going off? Mission intellectuals like 1909 as the…

Suburban poems, by Bill Freind

Freind -- Suburban poems

Politics as Poetry, or why the Trump Campaign Understands Poetry Better than the Language Poets, by Bill Freind

No one has more conclusively shown the dangers of believing their poetry is implicitly political than the “Language” Poets. That would certainly come…

Dispatches and the Poetry Wars from Bill Freind

You couldn’t find two people who agreed about when it began, how could you say when it began going off? Mission intellectuals like 1909 as the…

Ghostly Nostalgia, Kitsch, and Post-History, by Bill Freind

In “Free Speech for Poets Dispatch #1: Ann Coulter!,” an unnamed Dispatches editor (who I assume is Kent Johnson) decries the “proto-Stalinism” of…

Politics as Poetry (II): Donald Trump, America’s Poet, by Bill Freind

Years ago I cooked in a Seattle restaurant that was slowly heading toward bankruptcy. During one typically slow shift, an Anglo prep cook named Peter…