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3,785 Page Pirated Poetry Anthology

By Kenneth Goldsmith

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Featuring the work of 3, 164 poets. Completely unpermissioned and unauthorized, pissing off the entire poetry community. Either you’re in or you’re not. Full roster below the fold.
From http://www.forgodot.com/2008/10/issue-1-
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“Announcing the release of Issue 1, edited by Stephen McLaughlin and Jim Carpenter. Now available here as a 3,785-page PDF (3.9 MB).”


This issue features new poems by Nada Gordon, Evelyn Reilly, Julianna Mundim, Emmy Catedral, Enid Bagnold, Richard Siken, Stephen Ratcliffe, Michael Gottlieb, Jodie Childers, Norman J. Olson, Brent Hendricks, Sean Kilpatrick, Tom McCarthy, Stacy Doris, Michael Rerick, Corrinne Clegg Hales, Mark Decarteret, Hadewijch of Antwerp, Darren Wershler-Henry, Letitia Trent, Debra Di Blasi, Laura Elrick, Bruna Mori, Popahna Brandes, Robert Sheppard, Diana Magallan, Kristine Danielson, Ed Higgins, Drew Gardner, Kyle Kaufman, Matthew Thorburn, Tiel Aisha Ansari, Christopher Wells, Vanessa Place, Simon Pettet, Grace Vajda, John Bennett, Ian Patterson, Joseph Hutchison, John Cotter, Cheryl Lawson Walker, Scott Esposito, Jason Nelson, Daniel Kane, Kimo Armitage, Alan May, J.D. Nelson, Bob Hershon, Jennifer Karmin, Kim Rosenfield, Nathan Austin, Pearl Pirie, Rosmarie Waldrop, Tara Betts, Donald Revell, Jim Ryals, Danuta Kean, Jeff VanderMeer, Alfredo Bonanno, Irene Latham, Michael Hennesy, Dick Higgins, John Hanson, Billy Merrell, Sam Ladkin, Jeff Ward, Debra Jenks, K. Lorraine Graham, Kenji Okuhira, Sean MacInnes, Adam Seelig, Steve Halle, David Mus, Monique Wittig, Joyelle McSweeney, Daniel E. Levenson, Luke Daly, Henry Thoreau, John Palattella, Abby Trenaman, Kristen Taylor, Vassily Kamensky, David Jhave Johnston, Gene Tanta, Cate Marvin, Alison Roth, Shad Marsh, Asher Ghaffar, Henry Gould, Justin Theroux, Susan Grimm, Bernard Wilson, Ateet Tuli, Laura Moriarty, Mark McMorris, Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, William Shakespeare, Nick Trinen, Daphne Gottlieb, Magdalena Zurawski, A.K. Arkadin, Matthue Roth, Douglas J. Belcher, After Bitahatini, Neil Schmitz, Liz Henry, Tom Hansen, Craig Saper, Pris Campbell, Afua-Kafi Akua, Amish Trivedi, Chris Hutchinson, Cath Vidler, Sarah Weinman, A.E. Stallings, Robin Blaser, Roland Prevost, Mac Wellman, Steven Schroeder, Joy Garnett, Mark Lamoureux, Julie Clark, Bob Garlitz, Jeff Hamilton, Kara Dorris, Maureen Thorson, Irv Muchnick, Frank O’Hara, Robin Magowan, C. Allen Rearick, A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz, Tony Leuzzi, Bhanu Kapil, Sage U`ilani Takehiro, Shellie Zacharia, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Camille Martin, Eliot Weinberger, David Nemeth, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Iris Smyles, Bertolt Brecht, David Forbes, Colin Herd, Sergio Bessa, Zach Wollard, Adam Ford, Claudia Keelan, Hank Sotto, Jamba Dunn, Ken Mikolowski, Jean-Jacques Poucel, Santiago B. Villafania, David Valentinovia, Robert Kaufman, Dominique Meens, Joe Elliot, August Stramm, Justin Katko! Sandra Korchenko, Carol Peters, Lilah Hegnauer, Brian Evenson, Wallace Stevens, Timothy Murphy, Joseph Bradshaw, Nick Courtright, Adam Chiles, James, Kane X. Faucher, David Abel, Ray Succre, Gabriel Gudding, Antonin Artaud, Mark Cunningham, Paul Fattaruso, William Saroyan, Aaron McCollough, Confucius/Ezra Pound, David Antin, Rob Mackenzie, Ryan Eckes, Christian Peet, Peter Riley, Litsa Spathi, Anna Ahkmatova, Mark Tursi, J.D. Schraffenberger, Greg Fuchs, Sean Casey, Orpingalik, Hassan Melehy, Rosemarie Waldrop, Phillip Lund, Adam Aitken, Michael Davidson, Andrea Rexilius, William Allegrezza, Raymond Queneau, Fred Wah, Marcia Arrieta, Elizabeth Cross, Jonathan Greene, Gregory Laynor, Preston Spurlock, Jane Sprague, Kevin Thurston, Stephen Berry, William Bronk, Claudia Rankine, Steve Dalachinsky, Ed Sanders, Sam Rasnake, Wes Smiderle, James Belflower, Simmons B. Buntin, Dolores Dorantes, Emilie Clark, Leslie Marmon Silko, Sarah O’Brien, Jack Tricarico, Gerard Van der Luen, Frances Richard, Charlie Bertsch, Bob Cobbing, Sabrina Calle, Steven Burt, Stephane Mallarme, Bob Marcacci, Edwin Torres, Lois Marie Harrod, Evgeny Maizel, Luc Simonic, Lawrence Durrell, Amanda Davidson, Pendergast, Gregory Orr, Lepson, Joseph Duemer, Eric Alterman, Erin M. Bertram, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Suzanne Buffam, Andy Nicholson, Edward Champion, Katy Acheson, Okey Ndibe, Jennifer Mulligan, Renee Zepeda, Alfred Kubin, Sawako Nakayasu, David Prater, Forrest Gander, Mike Gubser, Virginia Heatter, Leslie Winer, Ed Schenk, Doug Holder, Russell Ragsdale, Jose Manuel Velazquez, Dick Jones, Gerry Loose, Daniel J. Vaccaro, Rafael Alberti, Jeff Newberry, Igor Terentiev, Micah Robbins, Friedrich Holderlin, Arif Khan, Laurel Dodge, Ann White, Nicolas Guillen, John Lowther, Cathleen Miller, Josef Vachal, Chris Moran, Miyazawa Kenji, Robert Fitterman, Norman Mailer, Doris Shapiro, Talan Menmott, Alan Licht, John Godfrey, James Maughn, Anne Heide, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Lina ramona Vitkauskas, Judith Goldman, Rich Murphy, Halvard Johnson, Ariel Dorfman, Ed Baker, Maryrose Larkin, Sheila E. Murphy, Rosanna Warren, Jean Cocteau, Clarence Major, Eleanor Stanford, Teresa Carmody, Kenward Elmslie, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ryan Walker, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Nava Fader, Rob Budde, Allison Cobb, Robert Roley, Alison Collins, Melissa Fondakowski, Nathan Whiting, Jess Rowan, Cid Corman, Bob Heman, Libby Rosof, Cassie Lewis, Scott Saner, Roberta Allen, Raymond Farr, Anne Pierson Wiese, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Troy Lloyd, Lindsay Boldt, Andrea Baker, Meredith Quartermain, Richard Meier, Louise Mathias, Joseph Cooper, Lynn Strongin, Outlines, Suzanne Stein, Richard de Nooy, Sherry, Robert Chrysler, Ton van’t Hof, Peter Cole, Michael Slosek, June Jordan, Andrew Zitka, Eve Babitz, G.C. Waldrep, Craig Santos Perez, James Sherry, Hugh, David R. 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Comments (132)

  • On October 3, 2008 at 9:38 pm rachel mallino wrote:

    My name is there – along with a poem that I didn’t even write! I have no idea what kind of farce this is, but I’m glad someone is calling attention to this because it’s downright unlawful.

  • On October 3, 2008 at 9:40 pm Aaron Fagan wrote:

    Hoax. The poems, if they are poems, are not by the poets ascribed to them.

  • On October 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm Sandra Beasley wrote:

    What I find interesting is not the idea that my work has been appropriated sans permission or profit. Hell, I’m a poet. Wouldn’t be the first time. What I find interesting is that my name has been attributed to a poem (or poem fragment) I did not write, as if to suggest that my name has some independent content value. From what I can tell, scanning throughout the manuscript, this had been done throughout. A name has been placed below as poem as if he or she were the author–but mere juxtaposition does not authorship make.
    Just for the record.
    Cheers,
    Sandra Beasley
    Washington, DC

  • On October 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm Rich Villar wrote:

    Howard Stern does shock value much more poetically.
    Yay, I’m not in it! Gonna go write a poem now, thanks.

  • On October 3, 2008 at 10:21 pm tao lin wrote:

    i think this is funny and i approve of it

  • On October 3, 2008 at 10:23 pm Matt wrote:

    This is outrageous. These guys stole over 3,000 of my poems and are passing them off as poems by Rachel Mallino, Sandra Beasley, etc. etc.
    WTF??????
    I deserve credit and compensation. I hope we can settle this out of court, but if I have to sue to make sure these poems appear under the name of their rightful author, Matt Cozart, I’ll do it.

  • On October 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm Doug Holder wrote:

    Yeah I was listed and they didn’t ask permission nor did they use a poem I wrote but attributed it to me heard another poet complain about the same thing

  • On October 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm Brian Salchert wrote:

    1) As many as are here, there are some I know of who are not
    2) One name appears to be listed three times
    3) At least six are listed twice, and maybe more than twelve
    4) I wonder which first name appears most often
    5) This is amazing nonetheless
    6) Most of those listed are new to me, which may tell more
        about me then about the list, but I suspect there may be
      &nbsp: 15000 or more out there
    7) If coming issues are more of the same, we might find out,
        even though those issues too/ include poets who have
        passed
    8) Can’t speak for others, but thank you to the editors
    9) Of course there’s a lingering suspicion that this is
        another of Mr. Goldsmith’s uncreative writing objects
    a ruse ia a ruse ia a ruse

  • On October 3, 2008 at 11:51 pm Crystal Curry wrote:

    I said to Nico, who was coming out of the basement: “Did you hear about this ‘Issue 1′? You’re in it.” He said he had, from Harriet, and a number of other e-mail sources. And we sat, and we read it. And if no one else will say it — I will say it: I’m finally impressed. Not only with the smashing delivery, but all 3,000 poems. They’re clearly written by the same person. And I don’t believe that it’s a computer. Or I’d like to believe it’s not. Even if it is, it’s rather nice. The repetition, the phrasings. Is it commentary? Possibly. Commentary on the avant-garde? Certainly. But finally, after reading blog after blog and journal after journal, and being involved in academia, and being almost sickened by the ability of smart people to crank out so many unimpressive poems under the subjective lovely umbrella of the “avant garde,” — my eyes are a little open. I’m thinking a little. And this is one journal that I’m not immediately throwing across the room, watching the same tired names repeat the same tired tricks. My most favorite contemporary poets — Doug Powell, Sarah Manguso, Matthea Harvey, Joshua Beckman, Tessa Rumsey, Oleana Davis, Harry Mathews are beautifully missing — though to be fair, both Ben Lerner and Nathaniel Mackey — also faves — are on the list. Does it say something about exposure, over exposure, over producing of poems? I’m thinking, I”m thinking. And I’m glad to be.

  • On October 3, 2008 at 11:52 pm Jeannine Hall Gailey wrote:

    Same here! My name is listed under a poem I did not write about dragons…

  • On October 4, 2008 at 12:03 am Carol Novack wrote:

    In my case, I really don’t care, as the poem said to be included in MP3 version (accessible as such in the archives of an online journal) can’t possibly be in the PDF. I mean, those loathsome PDFs don’t accomodate audio files, as far as I know; certainly, I couldn’t find my Playpoem. So it’s really a farce, this whatever it is. Everything else these days is a farce, so why not an “issue” anthology of … how many poets is it? I did glimpse a few poems and they were excellent. So really, I’m proud not to be in the anthology in which I’m included.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 12:48 am Kaz Maslanka wrote:

    Yep, I did not write the one they credited to me as well.
    Kaz

  • On October 4, 2008 at 12:54 am ryan wrote:

    I like this. I think I like my poem but I will have to take another look tomorrow. good idea.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 1:30 am James Bow wrote:

    Bizarre! My name is on there, but I don’t write poetry. Where did he get my name, and where did he get the poem that my name is signed to?

  • On October 4, 2008 at 2:33 am Stephen Sturgeon wrote:

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    Dddddduuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhh uhhhhhhh dddduuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Check how I blog. This shit is real.
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    Uuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhh duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh uuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh ddduuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    If you don’t like this you live in a black-and-white movie.
    Slllllluuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Uuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Uuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Duuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    What real things are really like.
    Uuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Uuuuhhhhhhh. Duuuuhhhhhhh.
    Ddddddduuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 6:16 am Zvi A. Sesling wrote:

    I coulda been a contendah
    I coulda been pirated
    Instead of the left out which I am
    (Thank goodness)
    Cheers
    Zvi A. Sesling
    Brookline, MA

  • On October 4, 2008 at 6:29 am Anny Ballardini wrote:

    Saving freight
    Their slow freight
    At a delivered syllable
    Lofty as a weight
    Saving
    Anny Ballardini
    I did not write this.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 6:34 am Daniel Nester wrote:

    This term — “poetry community” — that’s an invention for the purposes of this exercise as well, yes?

  • On October 4, 2008 at 6:56 am Chris Funk wrote:

    Sorry, Kenny G., but this is nothing to
    get pissed off about. You & the others
    have really pleased me. I love ithe project,
    & everyone should!
    The protective, snivelling responses seen here are
    especially wonderful, as if poets owned
    their (or any) words, or names. These folks should
    be glad that the editors remembered them at all!
    Isn’t it an honor to be included?
    I’m guessing that Jim Carpenter’s “Erika” or some such
    program “wrote” most of the poems, since so many of
    them reflect the telltale signs of generated works. If anything,
    the poems are pirated from that (or whatever) source.
    That words such as “scope” appear so frequently is a
    sure tip-off to that modality.
    Anyway, an enjoyable adventure. Dig the gigantic
    magazine! C Funk

  • On October 4, 2008 at 7:02 am Nada Gordon wrote:

    This is, of course SHEER GENIUS, and not just because I’m listed first.
    The solemn indignation of the three commentators before me here is HILARIOUS.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 7:09 am Nic Sebastian wrote:

    Sandra wrote: “…my name has been attributed to a poem (or poem fragment) I did not write..”
    I didn’t write the lines attributed to me either.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 7:35 am Philip Metres wrote:

    This is, of course, absolutely hilarious, and a telling expose of us poets who have our google alerts set to our names, thus dragged into the dragnet of this performance of frustrated narcissism. The joke’s on us!

  • On October 4, 2008 at 7:50 am Ren Powell wrote:

    Could you please add that, not only are these unpermissioned and unauthorized, they are not even authored by the “poets” themselves.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 7:57 am David Kellogg wrote:

    Interesting. Each poem seems to center on “like” or “as,” as though each poem were trying to capture the poet in a simile. I wouldn’t call it a hoax, exactly — it’s free and obviously not composed of stolen poems. More like an immediately apparent performance trick.
    David Kellogg
    Boston, MA

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:05 am Greg Rappleye wrote:

    Here is the comment I posted on my blog, “Sonnets at 4 A.M.”:
    I received a Google Alert for my name today (October 3, 2008) and found that one of “my” poems was included in an online anthology titled (as nearly as I can tell), ForGodot: Research in Poetry–Issue 1, a 3,785 page pdf document “edited” (or rather, “researched”) by three people I don’t know named Vladimir Zykov, Steve McLaughlin, and Gregory Laynor.
    Here is the poem which is attributed to me on page 3,498 of this document:
    Bonnie Winds and Fair Twists
    Adored
    Like a bird
    Like a bonnie wind
    To depart left and permission
    To perceive velvet and hubbub
    To leave forgiving for a right
    To leave a privilege of bushes
    To stir growing scope
    Greg Rappleye
    I don’t mind someone posting one of my actual poems on their blog or website–as long as it is attributed to me–in fact, I am generally honored to see that someone cares enough about my work to make such an effort and, perhaps, say a kind word.
    However, I do object to having my name associated with a steaming turd like “Bonnie Winds and Fair Twists.”
    For the record: I did not write this poem, did not authorize the use of my name in association with this poem, and I have never heard of these people or their bizarre project. Could I lift a 3,785 page “online anthology,” I would drop it on their heads.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:06 am Greg Rappleye wrote:

    Here is the comment I posted on my blog, “Sonnets at 4 A.M.”:
    I received a Google Alert for my name today (October 3, 2008) and found that one of “my” poems was included in an online anthology titled (as nearly as I can tell), ForGodot: Research in Poetry–Issue 1, a 3,785 page pdf document “edited” (or rather, “researched”) by three people I don’t know named Vladimir Zykov, Steve McLaughlin, and Gregory Laynor.
    Here is the poem which is attributed to me on page 3,498 of this document:
    Bonnie Winds and Fair Twists
    Adored
    Like a bird
    Like a bonnie wind
    To depart left and permission
    To perceive velvet and hubbub
    To leave forgiving for a right
    To leave a privilege of bushes
    To stir growing scope
    Greg Rappleye
    I don’t mind someone posting one of my actual poems on their blog or website–as long as it is attributed to me–in fact, I am generally honored to see that someone cares enough about my work to make such an effort and, perhaps, say a kind word.
    However, I do object to having my name associated with a steaming turd like “Bonnie Winds and Fair Twists.”
    For the record: I did not write this poem, did not authorize the use of my name in association with this poem, and I have never heard of these people or their bizarre project. Could I lift a 3,785 page “online anthology,” I would drop it on their heads.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:11 am Don Share wrote:

    I’m honored to be included. Yay, Google Alert (TM)! But I wish they’d done a better job – as it is, the thing is just a sincere form of flattery.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:18 am Doodle wrote:

    If this is “sheer genius,” than the project does succeed in proving what humorless dopes poets are. Making that point isn’t much of an accomplishment, though I’m sure the outpouring above will make those guys feel smug.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:29 am Jeffery Bahr wrote:

    I thought this was quite clever. It certainly sounds like the same poet throughout. The poem attributed to me as not bad, actually. All in all, I think this stunt is almost as funny as the Futility Review (www.futilityreview.com).

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:49 am Robin wrote:

    It’s been suggested on another list that the names are those members of blogger.com who have the tag “poetry” associated with them.
    When you add to this that the texts are generated, you have (a) something that doesn’t need that much effort to produce, since the names were “selected” by a bot trawl, and (b) an anthology that not even the “editors” would have read.
    There are some people that not even their mother could love.
    Now that it’s been done, let’s hope that we’re spared a repetition of the event.
    Robin

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:49 am Chris Mansell wrote:

    This is a boring anthology.
    The ‘poem’ that appears above my name has nothing to do with me. Not my poem. Not my style, not my vocabulary, not my preoccupations, not my language. What’s the point here?
    The people who compile it give no email address for contacting them. If they were doing a bold experiment, they’d want to be involved in the discussion that ensued.
    Annoying, but not interesting.
    Chris Mansell

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:52 am bill knott wrote:

    haven’t seen it yet but
    i hope it has some new poems by Araki Yasusada in it . . .

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:52 am Mark Lamoureux wrote:

    What’s most amusing is that Mr. Goldsmith was apparently unfamiliar enough with the work of the thousands of poets in the anthology or whatever that he doesn’t see fit to point out that the poems aren’t even by the authors listed. Or perhaps he wanted people to figure this out for themselves. In a certain respect, then, I think the “authors” of this have made one of many points. It’s good to know people will still hold onto both ends of the Dada rope…
    If I were the one making this I would have left out Dana Gioia to make a political and/or aesthetic point. The people doing this dropped the ball on that one.
    If this thing burns your britches you need some new hobbies.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:59 am Wanda Phipps wrote:

    This is so funny and kind of cool as well. Love the comments.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:59 am Aaron McCollough wrote:

    Yay, one less poem I have to write more my next book. Keep ‘em coming typewriter monkeys!

  • On October 4, 2008 at 9:32 am Nick T. wrote:

    Over coffee this morning, approving reader comments (and reading, in another tab, the news of OJ Simpson’s trial), I mentioned the anthology to my wife. She has been teaching “The Waste Land” and showed me a line Cal Bedient wrote in his essay “He Do the Police in Different Voices,” which speaks nicely to this anthology:

    “Perhaps no poem in the language seems more self-aware than “The Waste Land,” yet none seems nearly so other-conscious at the same time, so eager to wing off others’ words to the one true sphere.”

    Of interest, somebody wrote these poems. As Crystal Curry notes, possibly a single author. And what a great way to attract an audience, this juke. Likely more people will read this “book” (at least a few poems) than would read most books that make their way into the world. I am happy to participate with a not-poem of my own. Will there be a reading tour? Perhaps the roughly 3,000 poets involved can caravan in buses across this fair land, stopping to read poems they didn’t write to strangers who don’t want to hear them. Maybe even encountering the stranger who did write them. Fistacuffs!

  • On October 4, 2008 at 9:41 am Aseem Kaul wrote:

    I can’t believe these guys rejected the poems I didn’t write! What do they mean by “work not yours does not meet our current needs” anyway? And where do they get off telling me they’d be interested in seeing more of what I don’t write in the future?

  • On October 4, 2008 at 10:09 am Skip Fox wrote:

    Poetry as Panty Raid.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 10:15 am Kent Johnson wrote:

    Well, unlike the ones published under my own name a few months ago in Flashpoint Magazine http://www.flashpointmag.com/2xkfp10.htm, I DID write the poem that is attributed to me here. How Goldsmith found it in a little print magazine published four years ago in Venezuela is beyond me. It must be online somewhere. But I’m flattered that he, or whoever might have, took the time to translate it.
    Am I the only one who has a real poem in this?
    By coincidence (if coincidence there is, in poetry), Kenny Goldsmith only recently blurbed my most recent book, Poetic Architecture: Eleven Quizzes for a Conceptual Poetry Symposium (BlazeVox, 2008). You can order the book through Amazon.
    Here’s the blurb (also quoted at Amazon), which Kenny kindly sent, perhaps as a joke, thinking, no doubt, that I wouldn’t include it…
    ***
    Am I writing this? Maybe I am, and maybe I’m not. I’m a Conceptual Poet, after all… Let me just say that I have shared these “Quizzes” with a few of my fellow Conceptual poets (including Charles “Chuckles” Bernstein and Christian “The Bible” Bok), and we all agree they are silly sophomoric exercises–a fact hardly surprising, since Kent Johnson’s resentment-filled forays over the past few years are consistently shallow, misinformed, and shrill. (And hey, Kent, by the way, speaking of ©, I see that you have ©’d the book! What’s up with that , Mr. Pure? Care to explain??) In other words, and at the risk of sounding extreme, I strongly encourage readers to ignore this ridiculous piece of attention-seeking dilettantish drivel. Now, let’s get on with the real work.
    –Kenneth Goldsmith

  • On October 4, 2008 at 10:26 am Ana Bozicevic wrote:

    Hey, I was just going to write that poem I didn’t write. And they already published it. NOT fair.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 10:28 am amy wrote:

    Roland Barthes might be found chuckling in his grave this morning at all of the poet egos lamenting, laughing over, or wringing their hands about a kind of anthology that appeared on the web this morning (read the irate comments already piling up here). Happily, it appears on a blog called, “For Godot,” which is certainly a play on Beckett’s existential play, “Waiting for Godot.” We’ve waited long enough, and now we’ve decided to start making something “for Godot” since we’re still here, waiting. Might as well do something with all of this waiting, this huge internet, this number of poems in the world. This something fucks with the authority of authorship, assigning poems to published poets that they did not write. My poem, which is not a product of my brain, but is “my” poem now, like it or not, is called, “A broad man” (page 1663); it seems to have actually been written by someone, not computer-generated. On the other hand, poet, Ana Bozicevic, read “her” poem and suspects otherwise; she believes they are computer-generated.
    One of the editors, in the comments section of his blog, gives a silly response to the poets writing in:
    Gang,
    This is quite an interesting coincidence! Apparently you all have the exact same names as the Ed Baker, Weldon Gardner Hunter and Ted Burke with whom we at the forgodot.com editorial team have been in close contact and collaboration.
    I apologize on all of our behalf for this misunderstanding.
    Vladimir Zykov
    forgodot.com
    No response would have been better, and yes, more clever than this answer. Let the act of the anthology work for awhile before inciting violence with your simplistic dismissals, I say.
    For Godot (my name for the “anthology”) has been announced on numerous blogs this morning, likely because of the huge number of poets’ “work” included in the anthology: 3,164! That amounts to a whole lotta “Google alerts” arriving in folks’ email boxes this morning. Godot finally appears in the form of your displaced self, your immortalized writing, your electronic/electric words made permanent (or until there is no more elect-ricity) — and they’re not even yours! I have to admit, I’m happy to be “included” in this spectacle. That is, this massive joke, this huge undertaking, this attempt at … what?
    The last verse of “my” poem, I admit: I dig it:
    Handy as a road
    Well-kept as a man
    Glittering as a man
    Eld as a pain
    Men will glitter, are rarely well-kept, but can be handy as a road — all thoughts that have made their way into my brain and are running around now, as effects of the joke, the poem-that-is-not mine — exactly what a poem should do: incite to active thought, thought outside the realm of usual-thought. Is it a poem? Yes. Is it mine? Who cares? Did the joke make me read it? Yes. Would I have read it otherwise? In the sea of poems out there, likely not. So, success? Something of it.
    I also have to wonder, did these three gentlemen — I don’t know who they are but have a feeling these are not pseudonyms — take their own unpublished manuscripts, put them together, and add poets’ names to each poem, thus producing a “book” that would finally be read by the poetry world? I hope this isn’t the case; I prefer a more romantic option: they’ve been reading the work of three thousand plus poets for the past few years, and they’ve written a poem in response to each poet, attaching the poet’s name to their specially-tailored odes.
    Who knows? I guess we’ll have to wait to hear from the researchers themselves (or actually take the time to email them):
    Stephen McLaughlin
    * Age: 22
    * Gender: Male
    * Industry: Student
    * Occupation: Media Design student, Piet Zwart Institute
    * Location: Rotterdam : Netherlands
    * stephen.r.mclaughlin@gmail.com
    Gregory Laynor
    * gdlaynor@gmail.com
    Vladimir Aleksandrovich Zykov
    * vazykov@gmail.com
    But somehow, the anthology, For Godot, should simply speak for itself and let Poetry World behave as it will. That’s something to listen out for!
    Amy King

  • On October 4, 2008 at 10:44 am amy wrote:

    Ultimately, whose poems are these? Were they authored by these guys? If so, look how they’ve gotten published poets to read their work.
    Being unknown allows one not to worry about who gets pissed off at a person. And now we’re thinking and talking about their poems. Fairly clever — times three thousand.
    Amy

  • On October 4, 2008 at 10:59 am Andy Dancer wrote:

    Class action suit anyone?

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:05 am Andrew K wrote:

    When is the launch?
    ak

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:12 am Kyle Minor wrote:

    I didn’t write the poem attributed to me (nor is it very good), but whatever is happening here is interesting, just like it was interesting when those fake Japanese poems appeared in the Antioch Review. I don’t think anyone should lose any sleep over it, and I hope it’s just the first step in a twenty-step performance art piece that culminates in something beautiful and moving (i.e., I hope it’s a really well-thought-out hoax, rather than just a stunt hacked out in three days on a whim.)

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:14 am Megan Kaminski wrote:

    Awesome.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:16 am Peter Straub wrote:

    Ah, Kenny is always Kenny.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:22 am Poet24 wrote:

    This is brilliant. I actually read most of it, and it’s one of the most compelling books I’ve read in some time. Kind of like reading poets horoscopes or. The poem attributed to me is right on in its parody/praise and its position in the cycle of the book…I’m thinking something I’d written was put through a few machine grinders then modeled. Here’s my guess as to the hand behind it: Lester Oracle. A little bird tells me Lester has been working on a program to make more intuitive poetry generating programs–could this be it? Other times I sense the Yasusada hand too–I don’t believe Brooks Johnson was ever a blogger (in resonse the the above poet-blogger theory)…and the praise and or disdain handed out in the poems attributed to his friends and enemies would indicate this. But maybe not, just a guess. Maybe just some new lone gunman..And there are the double entries for certain poets as if to indicate they have a double nature and function in “the community”. But maybe its all an accident attached to names. Oh, anyway, this is actually interesting.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:29 am Angela G. wrote:

    First guys, could you please make this correction to the poem attributed to me? I had asked for a revision on proofs, but apparently you did not make it. My poem should read:
    O steaming turd
    O steaming
    turd
    in a
    punchbowl
    How
    lovely
    thy
    floateth
    Second, I suppose this is some kind of “radical” situationist “detournement”? Oooooh, how radical! At best, a piss poor attempt. And as Slavoj Zizek. argues, (according to Wikipedia) “the kind of distance opened up by detournement is the condition of possibility for ideology to operate: by attacking and distancing oneself from the sign-systems of capital, the subject creates a fantasy of transgression that “covers up” his/her actual complicity with capitalism as an overarching system.”
    Third, a WHOIS query on the domain name where the PDF is stored (arsonism.org) brings up this registration info:
    Domain ID:D104642706-LROR
    Domain Name:ARSONISM.ORG
    Created On:17-Jul-2004 00:26:37 UTC
    Last Updated On:18-Jul-2008 05:04:34 UTC
    Expiration Date:17-Jul-2010 00:26:37 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, Inc. (R91-LROR)
    Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
    Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
    Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
    Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
    Registrant ID:GODA-07356165
    Registrant Name:Stephen McLaughlin
    Registrant Street1:409 Ash St.
    Registrant City:Delanco
    Registrant State/Province:New Jersey
    Registrant Postal Code:08075
    Registrant Country:US
    Registrant Phone:+1.8567641574
    Registrant Email:fakesalt@comcast.net
    Admin ID:GODA-27356165
    Admin Name:Stephen McLaughlin
    Admin Street1:409 Ash St.
    Admin City:Delanco
    Admin State/Province:New Jersey
    Admin Postal Code:08075
    Admin Country:US
    Admin Phone:+1.8567641574
    Admin Email:fakesalt@comcast.net
    Tech ID:GODA-17356165
    Tech Name:Stephen McLaughlin
    Tech Street1:409 Ash St.
    Tech City:Delanco
    Tech State/Province:New Jersey
    Tech Postal Code:08075
    Tech Country:US
    Tech Phone:+1.8567641574
    Tech Email:fakesalt@comcast.net
    Name Server:NS1.DREAMHOST.COM
    Name Server:NS2.DREAMHOST.COM
    Name Server:NS3.DREAMHOST.COM
    If one wants to take action against the owner(s) of the site ARSONIST.ORG, they can do so by going through the registrar GoDaddy.com.
    A WHOIS query on the domain FORGODOT.COM is privacy protected by PRIVACYPROTECT.ORG. If anyone wants to take legal action against the site’s owner(s), they can complain to the registrar above (GoDaddy) and also, at PRIVACYPROTECT.ORG, there is a form one can fill out to report fraud, spam, or abuse by the site’s owner(s) of FORGODOT.COM:
    Request Domain Owner Contact Info
    1. If any domain is engaged in spam, abuse or any illegal / unlawful activity you may report the same.
    2. Please enclose evidence of spam or abuse or the activity in question.
    3. Our abuse team will review the complaint and reveal the actual contact information of the owner where appropriate.
    And last, if Forgodot.org is plan to sell this anthology, I would like to receive my 1/3164th of the enormous royalties that this lovely publication would certainly bring in. A poetry publication like this would surely be a gigantic best-seller!
    Oooh, shiver me timbers! What new rad project will these culture jamming geniuses come up with next? I can hardly wait!

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:37 am Mathias Svalina wrote:

    I wrote my poem & I’m very proud if it.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 12:14 pm edward champion wrote:

    My name is Edward Champion, and I approve of this experiment. This is a fine litmus test separating the playful types from the dour and humorless ones.

    • On May 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm Michael Gause wrote:

      This was sort of funny, I guess. The poem attributed to me was utter garbage. Everyone is meta. Now even this is.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm ryan downey wrote:

    shit sandwich. good job. everybody be more concerned with fetishizing your poetry in this clusterfuck of a crumbling empire. good job.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 12:31 pm Alan Davis Drake wrote:

    How revealing all around. On all sides of the aisle, stage, lobby, entrance, street, living rooms, bedrooms, courthouses… (Beginning to sound like old Walt.) A massive gag. I don’t believe anyone is hurt but much opportunity has arisen. Meanwhile, someone’s having a jolly laugh. Best to us all.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 12:57 pm John Findura wrote:

    Well, at least the poem they ascribed to me isn’t better than what I actually write – that would’ve been embarrassing. Although, if you do like it, by all means I wrote it! Secretly, I was hoping it would’ve been about dragons or pirates…preferably pirates
    Cheers!
    John

  • On October 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm Margaux Jones wrote:

    This seems to be little more than, or a close cousin of at least, the usual innocuous vamping on Duchampism, where the signatures associated with works become the objects of investigation, or to be played around with in a way that would mock the obsession over individual creativity and identity in the work; or obsession over the signature considered as a hot art-market commodity. Especially if the poems are mass-produced or “generated” (purposefully created as “ready-made” art-objects) as some people here are suggesting. Duchampism sans provocation or defamiliarization. Neo-Duchampism reduced to dull blog posts and the indifferent digital silence of .pdf files I guess, released (as usual) in the capacity of a resounding dud upon the sacrificial alter where notions of “interesting provocation” are sent to get beheaded.
    This is all mildly amusing at the expense of anyone who would actually care that their work was being used in this way I suppose, but it’s exactly because hardly anyone does care, or that everyone is “in the know” and “rolling with the punches” of approbation that this doesn’t really seem like any kind of avant-gardiste gambit (if that’s what it was meant to be). The ultimate effect seems to be that people are happy to see themselves name dropped as poster boy appendages of a rather predictable exercise, a routine circle jerk.
    “If an artist today signs a stove pipe and exhibits it, that artist certainly does not denounce the art market but adapts to it” (Bürger).
    Here, Duchampism is accepted and utilized as a banalized art practice, further banalized through this release even. Signatures involved in the circulation of this practice adapt to an accepted form of Duchampism and gain allure. The homogeneity of this predictable reception, the inflation and lauding of its general uninventiveness, is a testament to what makes it aesthetically boring. It evokes kind of a “meh” or “feh” more than anything. Perhaps, if we dip into Kenny G’s language, it is a “boring boring” moment. It amounts to a large advertisement of ‘good’ poets, everyone is included, smug as a bug in a rug!
    I’m reminded of a phrase from David Riff, in that the ideas behind this surface-provocation seem to be, more than anything, “part of the bourgeois bohemian toolbox, applied in virtuosic bricollage” and thus the application sort of runs counter to any kind of sharp or exciting inventiveness. I mean, can this merry little gesture even be considered a prank? Or clever in any sense?
    Emphasizing my point, Mathias Svalina writes:
    “This is one of the first good jokes in contemporary poetry. I can’t stop laughing at this; its hilarious in so many ways. I’m pretty pleased with my poem in it. I think i’ll put it in my next book.”
    Granted, I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be anything more than playful and lighthearted. It just seems uninteresting to me insofar as it is an explicit act of data collation as advertisement as canonization.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm EKSwitaj wrote:

    I’m in it, and I’m not pissed off. Does that mean I’m not part of the poetry community?

  • On October 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm Matt wrote:

    I still can’t figure out why all these different people are taking credit for poems I wrote. As I explain on my blog:
    Well, I knew this would happen sooner or later. Apparently, some scheming ne’er-do-wells have deliberately STOLEN over 3,000 poems from my continuing life-work, The EU Butter Mountains of Old, and have published them as an “anthology” with each poem being credited to a different poet. I knew my genius would not go unexploited by the freedom-hating blogorissimos who infest every corner of this series of tubes, but I’ll be goshdarned—GOSHDARNED, I TELL YOU!—if these scalawags don’t expect me to fight back. Whoever is responsible for this travesty, hear me now: I will use every resource at my disposal, I will stop at nothing, I will chase you round the moons of Nibia and round the Antares maelstrom and round perdition’s flame before I give you up!

  • On October 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm Danny wrote:

    Call me “dour and humorless” if you like, but my sense of humor is really not the issue. If someone published an article containing false information about me, I would want it removed from the Web; it is no different for them to claim I wrote a certain poem when I did not.
    It is my basic right to protect my name and reputation, and I find it really tasteless that some people would laugh this off as some kind of avant-garde experiment. If my name is to be used in some sort of artistic “experiment,” it should be with my permission. To do it without my permission is unethical as well as illegal.
    This “anthology” should be taken down immediately. Anyone know a good lawyer who can write a cease-and-desist letter?

  • On October 4, 2008 at 5:22 pm Jill Jones wrote:

    Of course, a poem I must have written in my sleep, or computer dreams! Best thing I’ve written in ages. Or that other Jill Jones is at it again (sheesh). Anyway, I too will publish in my next book.
    Sure made me (f)larf this morning, after (I swear this is true) a stupid dream about anthologies. I must get out more.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 5:52 pm Mendi + Keith Obadike wrote:

    After a careful study of the 3, 164 names in the table of contents, we’ve come to the conclusion that poets of color are under-misrepresented in this anthology. We hope the editors will lend a blind eye to this oversight in future niggardly chicanery.
    Mendi+Keith Obadike

  • On October 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm robopoet wrote:

    If you google stephen mclaughlin + new jersey + poetry the first thing that comes up is the ill-fated jessica smith outside voices anthology–he’s one of the contributors! finally, the actually funny version of that (and this in general) sad sad farce.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 6:23 pm Amish Trivedi wrote:

    See, what you guys don’t realize is how advanced technology is. We have the technology now to have poems published before they’re even written. What you’re reading now is happening now.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 6:30 pm amy wrote:

    Margaux,
    Perhaps “Situationist” is a bit of a stretch, but you give the reception too much credit by putting all of the weight solely on Mathias’ response. Many folks are pissed off, arguing over the use of their names, the poems attributed to them, etc. Check out the comments on the For Godot blog and here on the Harriet blog. It’s ridiculous. No one is making money, people looking for poetry aren’t exactly dying to read the poems within nor are they being turned off of my work because they don’t like “my” poem in the anthology, etc. The joke is situationist in spirit because of the uproar it’s causing within a community that really should not be so devoted to ownership and ego. And you’ll note, I wasn’t exacting a science when I dubbed it Situationist; that was one label among several that I loosely noted *in parenthesis*, rather than proclaiming these guys the new Situationists. Let’s be less stringent and police less, stop being obsessed with ‘correct’ labels, I think the thrust of this anthology-joke might be hinting at, among other bubbles of infectious laughter produced.
    As I wrote on the Poetics listserv:
    For what’s it worth, kudos to these three young guys. I imagine they’re students, twiddling their thumbs, trying to imagine how to stir up the poetry world, steeped in some sort of theory (situationist? dada-ist? surrealism? etc), facing the menacing world of “getting published” and making something of themselves as poets, ahem. They’ve decided to take on the death of the lyrical I, the death of the author, the death of paper, the celebration of the internet sea, etc. They’ve done something, though just what isn’t clear and is being debated now (a good effect), but yes, kudos to their efforts to make a mess of the pool of internet muck — it may be only a ripple in the end, but maybe some of the worthwhile work and sites and ideas will get a chance to rise (not necessarily from the anthology) after their pebble has sunk to disappearance.
    ** Will people be moved away from the complacent world of “I just wanna be a published famous poet” that so often rules in Poetry World? This mentality is the best absorption the capitalist machinery can do with poets and their “products.” I doubt this “anthology” will break this cycle and stop poets from thinking in those terms, but at least it’s challenging the “my poetry should be published, make me book sale profits, & get me reading gigs” mentality, computer-generated or not. It has at least spotlighted this mentality through it’s challenge to ownership & mis-attribution, so again I say, Kudos!
    Amy

  • On October 4, 2008 at 6:51 pm Joseph wrote:

    Hate to break it to you Danny, but if you have a blog and you have willingly placed your name on the internet, your name is already being used by countless marketing companies and spammers for all kinds of purposes without your express written permission.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 7:01 pm po wrote:

    wasn’t there already a mcpoetry name porn situationist joke like this before…called mipoesis magazine or something like that–oh, wait, that was for real.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 7:09 pm Kent Johnson wrote:

    Here’s something entirely apropos, which went up, apparently, just three or four days before the For Godot anthology: The Mediocre Review, a gathering place for the production of “anonymous, heteronymous, or homonymous texts,” as the introductory manifesto proclaims.
    The project, school, whatever it is, already has, I just checked, 40 members. Though my name is mentioned as an influence in the introductory “manifesto” (and as the Flarfists and Conceptualists show in practice, why should one not wear the badge of Mediocrity with pride?), I only found out about it two days ago through the grapevine. Maybe both projects are managed by the same team of people?
    The group’s mission statement follows.
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=28350273397
    The poet is a faker
    Who’s so good at his act
    He even fakes the pain
    Of pain he feels in fact.
    –Fernando Pessoa
    I want to collect and edit anonymous, heteronymous, or homonymous short texts. Of course this is ethically questionable under the umbrella of private property, a unified sense of self, and to any one left holding a stake. I don’t care whether you’re an insider who thinks she’s an outsider or an outsider who thinks she’s an insider. I am unique, just like everyone else.
    Without the brand of your name, the question of aesthetic hierarchy verbs you: it frees you of the burden and benefit of how what you’ve done makes who you are. I hope this fashion of editorial work and publication catches on because we need less efficient ways to handle each other as we gaze down the long horror-corridor of “us” versus “them.” Virginia Woolf said anon. has more often than not meant women authors and more recently Kent Johnson and Patricia Smith have questioned the political use of identity in the valuation process of cultural artifacts.
    These are the authorless texts that matter because even though we may be up to our consciousness in arbitrary signification and biography, language can titillate and tantalize in substantive and transformative ways. Post-ironic as this may sound, without faith, wisdom and its pleasurable play is just information in the cosmos between your ears. With faith comes the yoke of progress and the pageant of heritage dressed in the drag of political agenda.
    The Mediocre Review offers writers and readers the opportunity to erase themselves and by such biographical suicide to give their texts a measure of independence and life. Putting intention aside as unknowable, Cioran is wrong: there should be a hierarchy of suicides but not between the range of noble to vulgar but between the useful and useless.
    In the spirit of Nietzsche’s call for a revaluation of all values or in the spirt of Dada’s call for going back to primitive sounds, let’s make new beauty that makes the right people uncomfortable.
    Sincerely,
    Armando

  • On October 4, 2008 at 7:16 pm Alan Sondheim wrote:

    I hope this is one of KG’s pieces – it reads and looks like it and is absolutely wonderful – in a sense it’s really the first new media writing I’ve seen. Amazing! – Alan

  • On October 4, 2008 at 7:35 pm Archambeau wrote:

    Hey. Cool. I don’t quite get the poem attributed to me, but maybe I’ll put it on my vita.
    Bob

  • On October 4, 2008 at 8:18 pm A-NON wrote:

    To Amy: Not all of us live in the “complacent world” you have described. In my own world, I couldn’t give two shits about being a “famous published poet,” who thinks “my poetry should be published, make me book sale profits, & get me reading gigs, computer-generated or not.” Speak for yourself, please. Tell me again, what exactly is it challenging?
    In general: I don’t think these idiots are intelligent enough to have thought “situationist” or “Duchampian.”
    How does one create a detournement out of a detournement? Or make something Duchampian out of something Duchampian? Hey, that’s been done before too. There’s no such thing as an original idea. LOL, ROTFMLAO.
    Stephen Mc-LAUGH-lin. McHee. McHee. McHee.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 9:31 pm Shafer wrote:

    My poem was pretty crappy, but I used it to write a new poem SUGARBEAR.
    Fetishized forever on my blog.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:01 pm blink wrote:

    Erica T Carter wrote these poems!
    http://etc.wharton.upenn.edu:8080/Etc3beta/Poems.jsp?PoemID=66

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:03 pm Burt Kimmelman wrote:

    Well, the poem under which my name appears, on page 1000 (nice even number) is not without virtue, perhaps, but I did not write it.

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:15 pm David Buuck wrote:

    An additional twist I find perhaps more interesting than the anthology itself is that the project – even when it was just an announcement (“coming soon”) – has brought in so many online comments from “the authors” listed, that in effect the editors have curated an additional anthology – If you complain in the blog comment fields, you are signing your name to text you wrote & submitted to forgodot. So in effect you have a second (para?)anthology consisting of many of the same authors complaining about inclusion in the first – and whose complaints (I was not asked permission, that’s not my work, etc) cannot apply to the status of the complaints themselves (I AM the author of this text, which I have willingly submitted to forgodot).
    David Buuck

  • On October 4, 2008 at 11:54 pm Evan J. Peterson wrote:

    I’m loving these responses! What we’ve all done is participate in, advertise, and create the bulk of a piece of digital performance art. It’s like putting a pre-op transexual covered in spaghetti into a store window, then taping the reactions of people who pass by. These reactions are the art installation, not the tranny! I heart Google Alerts.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:34 am Sean Burke wrote:

    My poem’s not too bad, I’ve definitely written worse.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 3:22 am Matina wrote:

    Mighty inventive. I get what they’re doing–these “hoaxters”. They are throwing the poetry “community” into one voice. Did anyone notice all of the poems sound exactly the same? Not one was much different from the other.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 10:22 am Larry O. Dean wrote:

    I feel sad not to have been included…
    Maybe I’m not writing enough.
    Maybe I’m not popular enough.
    Maybe I snubbed the wrong somebody.
    Halitosis?
    B.O.?
    *sniff*

  • On October 5, 2008 at 11:20 am marcel wrote:

    i’ll be more impressed when this is available as an iPhone app

  • On October 5, 2008 at 11:21 am Doodle wrote:

    If these responses are the performance [art], it’s still not much of a performance, [let alone art]. Actual spray paint vandalism beats this playground teasing by a long shot.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 11:35 am Evan J. Peterson wrote:

    I disagree, Doodle. If art’s primary purpose is to stir an emotional response (the secondary being to make the observer think/reconsider, etc.), then I think this was quite effective. It certainly got us talking to one another, and it made me some new friends.
    I do agree that there’s some playground teasing going on, especially those who’ve brought up litigation. Sheesh!

  • On October 5, 2008 at 11:37 am Angela G. wrote:

    This is no Kenneth Goldsmith, unless KG has been perpetuating this since 2004. The guy’s real name is
    Stephen Reid McLaughlin. 22 years old.
    Here’s his livejournal blog:
    http://arsonisnoway.livejournal.com/
    Profile:
    http://arsonisnoway.livejournal.com/profile

  • On October 5, 2008 at 11:44 am Crystal Curry wrote:

    I really cannot believe that more hasn’t been written on this topic — I’ve searched the Internet, and people are like “hey, it’s cool” or “hey it’s not cool,” — but it really opens up all kinds of interesting questions, at least, for me — and the content, IMHO is worthy of a 20-page review. I do feel like someone wrote most of the poems — perhaps with generated text (which would explain the consistent semantic field) — but shaped, and shaped, tonally, into a way that a poem “is,” or at least, in my estimation — the kind of poem for which I’m looking. When Dorthea Lasky published “Awe,” I was bummed because I was working on something tonally similar. When I read “Issue 1″ I was elated and bummed, because a. some of these poems “nailed” what I search for as a reader and a writer and because what’s left then? What’s left?
    I was impressed by the manifesto at Action Books — looking for poems that go too far or fail — I don’t know if they’ve lived up to that, because most of the poems in their books are pretty damn good and pretty damned polished. What’s in “Issue 1,” in my opinion are totally passable poems — many of them waaayyyyyy better than what constitutes, say, an issue of “New American Writing.” This is subjective of course, but I totally dig these poems.
    One other note that I found fascinating. I went to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the early 2000s, and created a somewhat Iowa-centric version of the poetry community in my head. James Galvin, Mark Levine, Cole Swensen and my contemporaries, i.e. the younger poets publishing and winning contests 4-5 years before I went to Iowa: Matthea Harvey, Matthew Rohrer, Tessa Rumsey, Rebecca Wolff, Katy Lederer, Spencer Short, Peter Richards — and even a web spinning out from there with the former Verse Press — Zapruder, Beckman, Hawkey — and the journals from the time. These writers kind of summed up an aesthetic that I find
    It was seriously, right about the time that I left Iowa, that I realized that that is a very NARROW, NARROW part of the poetry world and that there are a million MFAs and a million poets out there working overtime with Google feeds for their names and DIY and Lulu projects, etc., etc.
    I remember it was Anthony Robinson that said the blog world was the “New Iowa.” Meaning, I think, that the on-line, DIY, micro-press, Lulu, etc. was in the process of superceding the academic hierarchy.
    And here we come to what I think is the most fascinating part of “Issue 1.” The names are primarily the 1. Dead and Cannonized, the 2. Mid-Career Academic Set and 3. The Blog World — and the blog world associated with “post avant” or the avant-garde or something. None of the abovementioned poets are on the list, and only one or two of the more talented people from my own time at Iowa are on the list (Lucy Ives and Zach Savich — both lovely and brilliant poets) — but missing is Arda Collins — who just won the Yale Younger award and has poems in APR and the New Yorker, Debbie Kuan, Dora Malech, Robert Fernandez, Kiki Petrosino — all innovative poets with books from big presses or scores of fellowships, publishing credits, etc. — and most/many of the people that are not dead or mid-career in “Issue 1″ are blog, DIY, Lulu, micro, collective — related.
    Iowa or no Iowa, I’m all for undermining hierarchies, or at least looking at them, but whoever wrote “Issue 1,” I think, more than anything just created an anthology of a new democracy in poetry. Or a shapshot of crumbling — in less than 10 years — academic hierarchy in poetry. Or creating a parallel universe or something. Anyway. I know it’s convoluted, but I’m not in tip-top explaining shape right now.
    Thing is — I can’t really get my mind off of Issue 1 — it was like I was sitting around waiting for something like it — for a couple years now — something that said, whether intentional or not, some of the things I think about — and I haven’t even touched whether the material is really human or generated and what that means, yet. I think it’s human, but if it were generated, that just gets even more fascinating.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 12:05 pm Angela G. wrote:

    He was valedictorian of his high school graduating class of 2004 in Delanco Township, NJ.
    Population 3,237.
    Nice way to get all the free publicity you can eat, quick, without having to do the hard work, eh?

  • On October 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm Angela Genusa wrote:

    A Kenneth Goldsmith co-production!
    “Featuring the work of 3, 164 poets. Completely unpermissioned and unauthorized, pissing off the entire poetry community. Either you’re in or you’re not. ”

  • On October 5, 2008 at 12:51 pm CAConrad wrote:

    Santa Claus is a pedophile and if I had kids he would be SHOT coming down the chimney!
    This is not a hoax, but neither is the anthology?
    In Pennsylvania where I live we have the LEAST amount of paper trail for election votes per voting machine per voter. This is not a hoax, but so is the anthology.
    Crying and praying is the same release Joni Mitchess once sang, or something about laughing.
    CAConrad

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:03 pm Doodle wrote:

    I disagree that art’s primary purpose is to stimulate emotion, but one’s mileage may vary!

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:03 pm Matt wrote:

    Pray tell, “Doodle”, what is art?

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm "Doodle" wrote:

    I’m an authority on what “art” is?? Hooray!

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:10 pm Matt wrote:

    “Nice way to get all the free publicity you can eat, quick, without having to do the hard work, eh?”
    I think putting together a 3000 page pdf is hard work, no matter how or why it’s done!

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm Jane Holland wrote:

    These poems are clearly all by the same person. Someone with an enormous amount of spare time on their hands too, unless any of the poems repeat; if they’re on a loop, in other words.
    Someone above asked if it was a joke aimed at avant poets. But I’m not particularly avant, so that’s unlikely, unless they chose me in error. It would be interesting to know where the names were sourced from. Most seem to be American, for instance, but again I’m not, and there are other British poets on the list besides myself.
    So, this is an interesting and highly provocative thing to do. But what statement, if any, is it trying to make? Presumably that authorship is no longer quantifiable in an age of computer technology and internet poetry, where anonymity, or the assumption of a false name, or the generating of lists of poems attributed to randomly assigned poets is so much easier to assemble and promote and distribute than it would be in print.
    To threaten to sue seems a touch absurd though. Who really cares? No one’s reputation is going to be threatened by this kind of stunt, after all. Everyone’s clear on the fact that it’s a hoax, so why waste time and energy on pursuing the perpetrator?

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:23 pm Lanny Quarles wrote:

    Pretty cool.
    I flarfed mine:
    Turning hillsides into Chili
    It transports the rattlesnakes, returns the spermatic log~OI!
    Rarely beginning, neighing, staggering silently at horse steaks
    in an everlasting hillside, my badass hideout with bandit whores
    Shrill and altered (who, moi?)
    Is it wounded? Candida is a carved whale cockpit.
    Lanny Quarles

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:31 pm Angela G. wrote:

    It can be done in an hour, easy, Matt, especially if you have two or three monkeys… I mean typists.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:41 pm Don Share wrote:

    But wouldn’t the monkeys come up with some real Shakespeare if they typed long enough?

  • On October 5, 2008 at 1:59 pm Larissa Shmailo wrote:

    Very funny. A primer on group dynamics and search engine optimization rolled in one.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 3:42 pm amy wrote:

    Is this the most comments a Harriet blog post has ever received?
    Um, case in point.
    xo,
    Amy

  • On October 5, 2008 at 3:58 pm Lemon Hound wrote:

    It’s an interesting mirror. Nice to know that someone is paying attention, isn’t it?
    Nada, I’m a little envious that you got first place.
    lh

  • On October 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm Nick Salvatore wrote:

    Guys, when I owned up to having written the poem they published under my name, they removed it. Almost immediately. It was a really uncomfortable moment, telling my friends “hey, download this! I’m in it!” and having them turn around and say “no you aren’t”.
    Look at all the people reading though. Probably, for a lot of us, we’ve got more of a shot at getting noticed by posting comments on this thing than we have by publishing our own work. How depressing.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm Tara Betts wrote:

    The poem ascribed to me is not written by me. I just wanted to point that out.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 6:16 pm Sampson Starkweather wrote:

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  • On October 5, 2008 at 6:55 pm Rauan Klassnik wrote:

    I feel sorry for anyone who really takes issue with any of this (who thinks, without laughter, that it is “downright lawful”)——–
    i mean, C’mon !!!!!
    if you think it’s funny, laugh.
    and if you don’t: it’s probably best to just keep quiet.

  • On October 5, 2008 at 8:02 pm John Tranter wrote:

    I don’t mind if some computer borrows my name to write mediocre poems; but can the programmer please learn to spell “vermilion”?

  • On October 5, 2008 at 8:10 pm Rich Villar wrote:

    I find this social experiment mildly fascinating. But may I please point out:
    For all the talk about lawsuits, author attribution, anarchy, uncreative writing, exposing egos, revealing senses of humor or the lacks thereof, or de-contextualizing words from names, poems from authors, copyrighted material from flarf. Et Cetera. Ad Nauseam.
    Doesn’t all this internet/chaos theory/lang-post-avant B.S. simply aggrandize Kenneth Goldsmith as its patron saint? What is this really about, if it’s not about him?

  • On October 6, 2008 at 5:42 am Susana wrote:

    It seems some are thinking Kenny agrees with the haters, I can’t imagine he does. In fact I thought of him first when I opened the pdf file. Did people actually submit to this? Was there some sort of standard process which was part of the bluff? And Sina, how did an actual poem get in there? Someone pointed to a penn state program which generated the poetry, I’ll post it here if I find it…

  • On October 6, 2008 at 8:23 am Graeme Fuller wrote:

    My vomit is more disappointed now than before it came out.

  • On October 6, 2008 at 9:42 am Matt wrote:

    I wish it came from Penn State, a Big Ten school. Alas, it is actually the University of Pennsylvania, of the inferior Ivy League ;)

  • On October 6, 2008 at 10:12 am John Bloomberg-Rissman wrote:

    I am as proud of my contribution to this anthology as I am of any work my “I” thinks it wrote. and “I” hereby claim this poems til the end of time. And after …

  • On October 6, 2008 at 1:38 pm Daniel Nester wrote:

    I still think it’s funny to refer to a poetry community.

  • On October 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm Dana wrote:

    I love that Tao Lin thinks it’s funny and approves of it. Tao Lin is so cool.

  • On October 6, 2008 at 2:38 pm John wrote:

    I wish the extremists in this thread would calm down a bit. Hating on this project, and going to the lengths of even typing “lawsuit,” is the equivalent of waving a flag that says, “Never read my poetry, ever again.”

  • On October 7, 2008 at 8:45 am Mike Topp wrote:

    All is vanity. Very amusing.

  • On October 7, 2008 at 10:13 am Sarah Sarai wrote:

    Bukowski and Beatrix Potter in the same anthology. Whoohoo!
    Dear Bogus & Inclusive Editors: You are free to link to me at http://www.myspace.com/sarahsarai . I’m an American. Fame is good fame is good fame is good.
    Most surprises lately have been horrifying (the markets, Palin).
    This one’s a hoot.

  • On October 7, 2008 at 10:16 am Derek Catermole wrote:

    Many or most of the writers in this anthology have never composed a better poem. Ironic that the only thing preventing so many poets from becoming good poets has been their own creative impulses.

  • On October 7, 2008 at 10:51 am Jane_says wrote:

    Is this the YouTube of poetry?

  • On October 8, 2008 at 4:35 am stephen kirbach wrote:

    this is funny & funnier yet that people even care about personal rep -
    ah, the wonders of narcissism and ‘print’…

  • On October 8, 2008 at 6:07 am Sam Byfield wrote:

    Ironically, I didn’t know about google alerts before reading about all this. And it’s certainly not very often that a bunch of people like everyone above would have been drawn into discusion about a common topic.
    I’m interested to what extent the poems attributed to people drew upon certain keywords- mine contained ‘kingdom’ which is a word that appears in many of my bios online, though it could be a fluke.
    I’m really not worried about it- it highlights in an amusing way just how obsessed with their own name many poets are (though no more so than, say, politicians). And besides, as google tells me there’s a famous Sam Byfield who plays football in England, and it might have been him who wrote the poem.

  • On October 8, 2008 at 9:37 am Renee Turner wrote:

    Great project… But it could be good to bring in some non-poetic feeds/alerts…just to get a little cross-contamination going. Who knows what poetry that might liberate….

  • On October 9, 2008 at 10:48 am Doodle wrote:

    More fake (read “clever”) art!

  • On October 10, 2008 at 2:22 pm Afua wrote:

    This is the wildest thing I have ever seen. As a struggling artist it would be nice to be able to decide where your work is posted but the wildest thing about this odd little PDF is that my name is attached to a poem I didn’t write. A very nice poem but not one I wrote.

  • On October 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm Francesca wrote:

    I just wanted to say, I love it. Via someone else’s genius I have attained what I have always wanted – my name absorbed into the impersonality of word as function, reduced to letters as the intimate strands of poetic imagery must themselves be. What author doesn’t write to fuse with the form? And yet so many here have bristled at the stealing of ‘their’ name. Whoever masterminded this, the Situationists would be kissing your feet if they were alive/ cared about poetry.

  • On October 11, 2008 at 7:38 am pedro knust wrote:

    i want to read the poem this head of mine is tired by sedar senghor and also get the analysis of the poem

  • On October 13, 2008 at 11:40 am Hillary Lyon wrote:

    Hmmm.
    I’m included (which was a surprise) for a poem I didn’t write (more surprising).
    Kinda liked the poem, though. Kinda, though it’s definitely not my style.
    Noticed you did attribute to established, academic poets like Albert Goldbarth, Jack Myers, and Lyn Lifshin. Perhaps you’re afraid they have the where-withal to shut you down?
    Go pick on poets your own size.
    Please don’t do this again.
    Thanks.

  • On October 13, 2008 at 2:49 pm Juliet Wilson wrote:

    When i first read about this project i didn’t even check whether i was in it. Since googling myself and finding out i am in it I’m sort of flattered. I didn’t write the poem that’s attributed to me, but I’m sort of tempted to post it to my blog – look what someone else wrote for me? Its all very weird, amusing and fascinating

  • On October 13, 2008 at 7:35 pm David Michael Wolach wrote:

    Tao,
    How dare you take credit for 3,000+ poems that I just found out I wrote? I hope we can settle this out of court. Perhaps over lunch. Or through my agent. Over lunch. Or via lunch? What do you eat? Do you eat over agent?
    Anyway, thanks to all of you for your contributions. Especially me. And me. And to Tao: it’s either a dunning letter or some food. Your choice.
    Solidarity,
    David Michael Wolach
    aka, Kent Johnson

  • On October 14, 2008 at 3:26 am kouji wrote:

    hmmm… 123 comments… it appears to be interesting linkbait as well…

  • On October 14, 2008 at 2:32 pm David Michael Wolach wrote:

    Hey, wait a minute. I just tried to dowload the collection I wrote, and it appears that due to the heat of a few individuals mistaking their work for mine and threatening suit, I didn’t get the chance to read what I’d just written and published. Damn thing was taken down.
    Countersuit: Will anyone join me in suing said individuals for the digital rights to my own name? I know I put it there right at the top, under “author.” And now poof! They took it from me. I would simply like what is rightfully mine. I can’t go around like this. Nobody knows what to shout now when they pass by. I was in a faculty meeting this morning and voted on a proposal for softer lounge chairs, had to file my ballot under “John Doe.” Important election is coming up. Now what?
    And whoever that David Buuck guy is (supposing that’s his real name), I could not have said it better: a para-anthology. To make an addition I’m sure he wouldn’t disagree with: the transitory decor of the para-anthology makes it impossible to turn the page, let alone read left to right or up to down, & etc. There is something para-talmudic about its framentary hyperstructure. I think that’s neat. That’s why I’m editing it. And, to politely disagree with Angela G. (aka Tao Lin), my collection, were it actually written by all these wannabes, should most certainly be considered a detournement (but not a “radical” one – as that would just be redundant). Perhaps you dislike my poems, but then why desire credit for them (don’t forget – Debord made some bad movies, and his precursor, Hugo Ball, culdn’t even spell)? And if one decrees credit, or ownership, then why help me construct Issue 2, the Para-Anthology? Slavoj and I are really tight, like, we watch the OC together & shit., but one can levee the claim of armchair activism against him too. Oh, and he stole the notion of fantasy transgression from FN – “imaginary revenge.” F Y I.
    Kent Johnson

  • On October 15, 2008 at 12:12 pm Lauren Dixon wrote:

    Well, this is probably the first and only time I’ll ever find myself mentioned on the Poetry Foundation website! Beyond that, I am left to believe a computer a writer does not make. An algorithm does not an identity displace. I won’t laud the ‘editors’ of this thick binary invention, but I won’t attempt to boil their flesh, either. I like the idea, but the execution? I have enough ego to say nay. They are clearly bigger fans of Burroughs than I.

  • On October 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm Brian Salchert wrote:

    It’s a little late for this, but:
    the piece to which my name is assigned
    appears on page 2244
    and I would like to know if
    that page was chosen by a human,
    by the program used for the word objects,
    or if it was just a random event.
    Thank you.

  • On October 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm Patrick Culliton wrote:

    This is fantastic and proof vanity Googling is the berries.

  • On January 17, 2009 at 10:40 am Frankk Simone wrote:

    Well gee, your using my name attached to nothing (or I can’t find it) Okay I have spent my whole life as such, So here’s my poem to make, make even less sense. I stole it from myself
    Trinity
    As I walked along I looked
    across into the cemetery,
    to see two young mated hawks,
    a kin to eagles
    light
    upon the limbs
    their white underlining
    matches the virgin
    snow that
    Falls
    leaves
    behind the graves
    of those who have come to rest
    upon the souls
    save
    the vein
    each a barren branch
    whose darkness looks beneath
    heaven
    for gravity
    is a mortal belonging
    to the heart
    which remains but a stone eternity
    bearing the names
    of those who have forsaken
    divine provenance
    for all their Earthly possessions
    instead of the love
    which gave them life
    now gives them only bones
    discarded by the birds of
    prey
    for who have departed
    *for
    “…Who appointeth the clouds for His ascent,
    Who walketh upon the wings of the wind,
    Who maketh his Angels spirits, and
    His ministers
    a flame of fire…”
    As for me I am humbled by this vision,
    for I know my days are like grass,
    **“…as a flower of the field, so blossom forth.
    For when the wind is passed over it, then shall be gone,
    and no longer will it know the place thereof…”
    For I know my life to be as
    filled with the mercy
    of my Lord who is forever,
    there I shall go too,
    leaving behind the prints
    of my sole to melt and vanish
    in the warmth of the Son.
    Frank Simone 12 / 23/ 08
    * psalm 103 / **102

  • On January 31, 2009 at 12:56 pm Denise Low wrote:

    This is audacious. Has this lasted past a microsecond in Oct. 2008?

  • On May 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm Kevin Connolly wrote:

    Didn’t piss me off in the least. It’s flattering, if anything. It’s a piece of conceptual art, and ahead of the curve, given the recent Googlebooks wholesale rip-off. The sheer volume of poets included also makes a point in a field where the unique individual voice is supposed to be primary. If you think of it the right way, it’s the opposite of theft: we’re being given a free poem (whether we like it or not, granted).

    I don’t see what the fuss is about.


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