This is Just to Say – for David Lehman


I have written

that the Best 

American Poetry

is a crass money-

making institution

one that


an already ripe

ideology of author-

function ambition

sheathing poets

in a semi-transparent

lubricant film of

ritualized professionalism

and obsequiousness


Forgive me

I couldn’t help myself

Maybe you would

still like to

include this poem.


– Kent Johnson