Open Letter to Poetry editors Christian Wiman, Don Share, and Fred Sasaki, as well as Valerie Jean Johnson:
A satirical cartoon on Poetry magazine (Eliza Griswold) is currently posted on The American Dissident blogsite (seewwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com). Will you actually be curious… or like most average-Joe poets incurious? Of course, I’ll probably never know. No matter.
The fundamental flaw with Poetry magazine is that its editors refuse to publish harsh criticism with its regard, as well as with that of the established-order poetry milieu in general. Byron and Pope hit the poet laureate of their time with sledgehammers, but Poetry mag would never publish poems like theirs today relative to one of our laureates.
The PC-multiculti dogma reigns at Poetry, where ostracism and banning under the guise of moderation are currently effected. Apathy to ostracism and banning has become a pitiful trait of today’s poets. The Academy of American Poets not only censored my comments after having posted them, but also banned me, a poet, from participating in its poet forums. Do you care? It is highly unlikely that you do or, at best, would justify the censorship and banning. Poetry Foundation has ostracized The American Dissident from its vast network in refusing to list the journal with other literary journals listed.
In a nutshell, censorship, banning, and ostracism form your protective cocoon, making it happy-face bland and PC safe. You represent that shameful aspect of far too many poets in America today.