Dispatches to Lucas Klein, 18 August 2016

Lucas,   Sorry that we said Beijing and not Wuhan. I guess we meant “Beijing” more in the symbolic sense. But that aside, we absolutely grant…

Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry: A Short Review

Ben Lerner thinks poetry suffers from a hatred problem. A problem arising from a lack at the core of Poetry itself. Which is the inability of poetry…

Open letter from Kent Johnson to Jennifer Scappettone, 4 May 2016

Dear Jennifer Scappettone, I see you are blogging for the Poetry Foundation this month of May. I am writing to express a concern about a matter and…

“On Money Problems, Prizes, and Harrieteers: by way of introduction,” by Kent Johnson

In the past few days, various poet-invitees have begun posting reflections at Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation. To date, two of these…

No Avant-Garde: Notes toward a Left Front of the Arts, by Kent Johnson

1.   I want to start in reiterative way, quoting a substantial extract from something that appeared almost exactly ten years back. I believe the…