Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by Allen Edwin Butt

Dear Editor,

I am writing to applaud the decision to include visual poetry [“It Is Out of Focus” and “Be yond” by Joel Lipman] in the January 2011 issue without relegating it to a portfolio. While recent years’ portfolios of Flarf, Conceptualism, and Visual Poetry have introduced lots of readers to exciting developments in several poetic communities, they also reinforced the unfortunate idea that there is a “normal” kind of poetry to which these “schools” offer a contrast. Thanks for declining in January to treat visual poets as unusual.

beaufort, south carolina

Originally Published: April 1, 2011

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This prose originally appeared in the April 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2011


 Allen Edwin Butt


Allen Edwin Butt is a student at Presbyterian College and an alumnus of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. His work has appeared in Poetry and Meridian.

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