This is Just to Say – for David Lehman

 

I have written

that the Best 

American Poetry

is a crass money-

making institution

one that

reproduces

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

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2016/09/david-lehman-invites-readers-to-craft-poetic-non-apologies-at-american-scholar/