Best American Hoaxery: How the Yi-Fen Chou Race Scandal Smokescreens the Deeper Malfeasance of Sherman Alexie and His Corporate-Backed Clan of Poetry Illuminati, or How Ted Hash-Berryman Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Getting Published Under the Pen Name “John Ashbery” 1

Best American Hoaxery: How the Yi-Fen Chou Race Scandal Smokescreens the Deeper Malfeasance of Sherman Alexie and His Corporate-Backed Clan of Poetry Illuminati,           or How Ted Hash-Berryman Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Getting Published Under the Pen Name “John Ashbery”
There’s a disturbing scandal gripping the world of poetry, and no, it’s not the one you think. First of all, is it really a surprise to anyone that Best American Poetry was caught with its hand in the “racists-only” cookie jar? You know, the one that your mom keeps way up on the highest shelf ...

Kenneth Goldsmith is a Hoax, or Fifteen Conceptual Poetry Projects Better Than Printing the Internet 7

Kenneth Goldsmith is a Hoax, or    Fifteen Conceptual Poetry Projects Better Than Printing the Internet
Kenneth Goldsmith is an Uncle Tom. The entity to which he is obsequiously servile, however, is not a racist authority, but the concept of conceptualism itself. Furthermore, he’s subservient to the idea of conceptual art not because he cares about it, but because being so benefits him personally. At the mere cost of his own ...

H_NGM_N SC_ND_L

H_NGM_N SC_ND_L
What’s going on here? Yesterday H_NGM_N released the 15th issue of their online journal. Included in this issue were two poems by Dean Young, entitled “Dean Young Is A Cyborg” and “Dean Young Is Not A Cyborg.” Today when I visited the site, I found the two Dean Young poems missing, and his name stricken ...

Is Poetry Magazine Racist? 16

Is Poetry Magazine               Racist?
One thing that I respect about Poetry magazine is that they include digital archives of all of their back issues on their website. Recently, as I was looking through said archives, I began to notice a disturbing trend that became increasingly apparent the further back I perused: the vast majority of poets that the magazine ...

Don’t Believe the Hype: The Spurious Case of Benjamins-Glutton, AWP 8

Don't Believe the Hype:     The Spurious Case of Benjamins-Glutton, AWP
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is a “non-profit” organization that advocates for and supports the institutionalization of literature. Because their primary goal is to “foster achievement,” they lead the charge in establishing the values that define our era—individualism, careerism, identity politics, paranoia, impenitent schmoozing, and so forth. We as writers are falling into ...

Michael Robbins is a Hoax, or Hash-Berryman vs. Possible Child Predator 8

Michael Robbins is a Hoax, or Hash-Berryman vs. Possible Child Predator
Michael Robbins’ book of poems, Alien vs. Predator, which is based on the by-comparison timeless classic movie of the same name, has somehow managed to gain favor within certain poetry circlejerks. I have not read Mr. Robbins’ book (though I did read this a propos two-star review of it on Amazon) and I never will, ...