Thursday, December 04, 2008
But its bulk was not the only surprising thing about Issue 1. What first caught my eye was that I couldn't recall ever having submitted my work to its editors. And when--thank goodness for that "find" function--I saw page 2,039, I knew why: "my" poem was one I'd never written. Neither had any of the other thousands of authors written theirs. The anthology's "editors," Stephen McLaughlin and Jim Carpenter, using a computer program of Carpenter's devising, were responsible for its entire contents--and thereby for the most provocative hoax to hit the poetry world since the Araki Yasusada scandal in the early '90s.