Because of Poetry I Have a Really Big House

Kent Johnson


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Shearsman Books
20 March 2020
ISBN: 9781848616998
90 pages

From the publisher

"Johnson’s poems are like unchained pit bulls tossed into a school yard – somebody is going to get bit." — Ron Silliman

The provocative position of Kent Johnson in American poetry over the past two decades—as both its foremost gadfly and its anti-institutional conscience—is unequalled. Admired and abhorred in like measures, he is the author, translator, or editor of more than thirty titles of poetry, criticism, nonfiction, and metafiction. This collection represents a follow-up to his widely reviewed 2008 classic from Shearsman, Homage to the Last Avant-Garde. He has recently retired, after many years of teaching English and Spanish. In 2004, he was named State Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Community College Board of Trustees. From 2016 to 2020, with Michael Boughn, he oversaw the highly controversial Dispatches from the Poetry Wars.