Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by K. Marrott

Dear Editor,

I received my July/August issue of Poetry this afternoon. As I do every month, I read the magazine from cover to cover. Unfortunately, for the first time I paused in the middle and questioned why a piece of poetry was selected for publication. I am referring to the poem “I Google Myself” by Mel Nichols. I’m certain the editors were aware of the incredible similarities between the poem and the lyrics of “I Touch Myself” by the Divinyls. In fact, some stanzas have been lifted entirely and the word “Google” has either been inserted or swapped for another word. As a poet, to see this is discouraging. Can you offer some solace to a poet, one working hard to write his own poetry, who now feels slapped in the face by his favorite magazine?

salt lake city, utah

Originally Published: October 1, 2009

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This prose originally appeared in the October 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

October 2009
 K.  Marrott


As an undergraduate K. Marrott wrote naïve, pedantic epistles against Appropriation Art. One of those letters appeared in Poetry magazine in October 2009. That same summer, Marrott took his chapbook, The Road to Scollay Square (2009), on a whirlwind road trip tour up the west coast of the United States. Marrott read in every seedy bar he could find from San Diego to Portland and gave away his chapbook to anyone willing to take a . . .

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