The Pushcart Nomination for Unpoet goes to Scarriet’s Christopher Woodman

Though the Orwellian Poetry Foundation’s blog, Harriet, banned Scarriet’s Christopher Woodman, that hasn’t stopped him.   His poem “”He Mistakes Her Kingdom for a Horse” appears in this Fall’s The Beloit Poetry Journal, and was nominated by them for a Pushcart Prize.

C & H MarketAlso forthcoming is Christopher’s “The Frangipani Tree,” a poem about his lovely wife, Homprang.  It will appear in the Fall Issue of The Atlanta Review —  it’s the same poem Martin Earl praised on Harriet just one month before Christopher was made “unperson” by the staff.

So here at Scarriet, you might wonder: does censorship work?  Does banning prevent dangerous poets from speaking the truth in verse?  Christopher theorized that his poems got taken because he’s got name recognition from Scarriet and Foetry, but I don’t believe that for a moment.  He writes great poetry and has persistence.  He does this despite thousands of miles and despite Harriet

And I’m so happy to be able to congratulate him.

–Alan Cordle


  1. thomasbrady said,

    November 1, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Lovely picture.

    “Orwellian.” Alan describes it well.

    Congratulations, Christopher.

    Way to go.

  2. poetryandporse said,

    November 1, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Congratulations Chris.

  3. garybfitzgerald said,

    November 2, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Well, isn’t this rich? Christopher Woodman, of all people, becomes the turncoat of Foetry. Ha ha ha ha…becomes the Benedict Arnold who betrayed his mission and turned away to suck on the teat of Po-biz. And…hello, there, Alan ‘Darth’ Cordle, who has, along with ‘A Commoner’, turned to the dark side. Irony of ironies!

    It reminds me of all those righteous, holy priests who fiddled around with the business of all those innocent young boys. “Trust me, son,” they said “…trust me.” Ha ha ha ha.

    Apparently, nothing…not even poetry…is sacred anymore.

  4. garybfitzgerald said,

    November 2, 2009 at 12:12 am

    I always knew I was right about you. You are an apostate and a prevaricator.

  5. garybfitzgerald said,

    November 2, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Ha ha ha ha ha…

    True colors!

  6. wfkammann said,

    November 2, 2009 at 1:12 am

    I always knew you had it in you.

  7. americamera said,

    November 2, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Sorry I only just tuned in to this obviously central radical blog: what hath got rot? Now that you have created an idea I can steal, I will form my own obviously central radical blog: LARIETT: the lasoo of poetry. Our motto: Tie ‘Em Up and Spank ‘Em Till the Cows Come Home, Then Tie THEM Up and Spank THEM. Woo hoo! Wait, I know I left my riding crop and lanyard right around here somewhere. . . .

    • Christopher Woodman said,

      January 1, 2010 at 8:10 am

      Ooops, we’re getting closer and closer. The outside world is siddling up to Scarriet, but still too scared to do anything but lift a leg and leave a little piddle.

      LARIETT is a popular slur on Digitalemunction, for example, where they love to spank ’em..

      • thomasbrady said,

        January 2, 2010 at 5:38 pm

        Michael Robbins on that thrilling blogsite, digglemonkdom, says Donnie and Travis never come here.

        But Don Share and Travis Nichols never read anything, do they?

        Donnie and Travis belong to the Hit, Cut, Paste and Link School.

  8. cowpattyhammer said,

    November 2, 2009 at 4:09 am



    What are fig-leaves for, after all?


    Heart-shaped, groin-shaped,
    that’s why they fit.

    Why they hurt.

    The ‘Strangler Fig’ or ‘Bo Tree’ (ficus religiosa) is the tree under which the Buddha was ‘awakened.’ A member of the fig family, it has the familiar heart-shaped leaves behind which we all conceal our civility as well as our creativity.

  9. cowpattyhammer said,

    November 2, 2009 at 4:40 am

    And following Gary B. Fitzgerald’s reasoning:

    1.) if you have campaigned against voting irregularities don’t vote;

    2.) if you are pro-life don’t go to a doctor;

    3.) if you are pro-choice don’t go to church;

    4.) if you are against deforestation don’t read the newspaper;

    5.) if you are a nudist don’t wear clothes;

    6.) if you are against land-mines don’t accept a Nobel;

    7.) if you are against war don’t vote for Obama;

    8.) if you are for peace there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  10. garybfitzgerald said,

    November 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Just rakin’ some muck.

    Good for you, Mr. Woodman!

  11. thomasbrady said,

    November 2, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading LARRIET.

    Gary, you did not register sufficient outrage.

    Alan Cordle has abandoned all his principles by daring to have a friend who is published. As you know, Alan is against all poetry, all the time. That’s a fact.

    Christopher has indeed gone over to the dark side.

    He’s having tea next week with Charles Bernstein.

    Then he will begin having children with Helen Vendler…

  12. cowpattyhammer said,

    November 5, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Rimpoe, the first will be called for sure. Then Camille, pronounced as in Claudel, not Paglia, and of course little Orlando.