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A List of People NOT Upset By FORGODOT’s “Issue 1”

October 9, 2008

wow ya’ll we’ve been to the moutain.  we’ve walked through the fire.  we made a few people in england, canada, and wales REALLY upset.

yet and still no one with an actual reputation (silliman excepted) has stepped up to complain about forgodot’s “issue 1”.  a few reputations have joked and we love them for it, but they didn’t cry.

so we’ve been scouring the blogs, trawling the boards, and baring our claws to bring you this not at all exhaustive list of people who are–so far–not commenting widely on their inclusion in “Issue 1”.  we don’t know what they ARE doing.  maybe they don’t have the internet.  maybe they’re writing poems and not reading blogs.  a few of them are dead but maybe they still care but are too crippled by sadness or anger or death to type a response.  we can’t be sure.  but we’re pretty sure that the vast majority of these people–and many not listed here or anywhere at all–will remain mum on the topic.  YOU are likely another story.

sidenote: if you are a poet and you happen to find your name on this post: congratulations–you are not a big fucking baby.  please submit a poem to us for our new journal No Losers


Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery (allegedly), Roland Barthes, Sandra Miller, James Tate, Claudia Keelan, Gregory Orr, Suzanne Buffam, Frank O’Hara, Peter Gizzi, Wallace Stevens, Rosemarie Waldrop, Andrea Rexilius, Michelle Taransky, Travis Nichols, Forrest Gander, Cate Marvin, Kevin Coval, Kate Greenstreet, Ann Waldman, Tao Lin, Alcoholic Poet, Clayton Eshelman (tho, frankly, this surprises us), Dan Beachy-Quick, Fanny Howe, A.R. Ammons, Kazim Ali, Josh Corey, Kristi Maxwell, Miyung Mi Kim, Joan Retallack, Stuart Dybek, George Oppen, Zach Savich, Peter O’Leary, Jordan Stempleman, SRIKANTH Reddy (where do you people get SHRIkanth?), Marianne Moore, Alice Notley, Arielle Greenberg, Robert Hass, WS Merwin, Katie Degentesh, Joshua Edwards, Yusef Komunyakaa, BASHO, the HERE COMES EVERYBODY collective, Maxine Chernoff, Lina Vitkauskas or her double Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Confucius/Ezra Pound (yes with the virgule!),  Leslie Scalapino, H.D., Cole Swensen, Zachary Schomburg, Dorothea Lasky, Joel Craig, Jorie Graham, Lisa Fishman, A.K. Scippione, Basil Bunting, Eric Baus, PlayPoem MP3, Michael Haeflinger, Maya Angelou, Della Watson, Caryl Pagel, John Taggart (confirmed internet hater), Pierre Joris, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Fox (like Cher? whoa), Louise Gluck (sans umlots), and Nick Twemlow.

Also interested parties should note that it appears to be a non-issue with physical buildings and other disciplines.  Visual artists, fiction writers, actors, graphic novelists, hospitality establishments–all seem to be unfazed–nay! underwhelmed–by their inclusion in “Issue 1”.  No one has heard word one from the Chelsea Hotel, Lydia Davis, Norman Mailer, Martha Plimpton, Daniel Clowes, Tony Fitzpatrick, Max Ernst, Kurt Schwitters, Wassily Kandinski, or Pablo Picasso.

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