The juggernaut of WTF? reactions to the threatened prepublication lawsuit against the publisher of Kent Johnson’s all-but-in-the-mail book A Question Mark above the Sun: Documents on the Mystery Surrounding a Famous Poem “by” Frank O’Hararolls on. Richard D. Allen addresses it here, as does the proprietor of Habenicht Press here. My favorite, though, is the commentary by Mark Scroggins (here), who summons no less a witness against Knopf & Friends than John Milton—specifically citing his pamphlet against prepublication censorship, Areopagitica. If Kent Johnson accomplishes nothing else with this book, he will have made us think hard about the power of the word and the power of money.
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2018, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.