The American Dissident: Literature, Democracy & Dissidence

Caustically Critical Reviews

The editor is not an aficionado of the kind of backslapping so pervasive in the literary milieu, both high and low brow. 

Only a fool, "brilliant" or whatever, would run out to buy a book or literary journal because someone "brilliant" or whatever endorsed it with the usual suspect vocabulary "brilliant," "cutting edge," "great," "original" "one of the world's most significant," "one of the best," "stunningly beautiful," "innovative," etc., etc. For more such banal terms, examine my correspondance with the editors of New Pages, which unsurprisingly refuses to list The American Dissident with the many other magazines listed.

Reviews appearing in The American Dissident are negative and serve as counterweights to the smiley-faced reviews appearing in most other magazines.

100 Essential Poems


Alternative Press Review

Beloit Poetry Journal

Best American Poetry 2006

Best American Poetry 2007

Martin Espada
Howl on Trial
Lillies and Cannonballs

Gerald Locklin
New England Review

New Pages

New York Quarterly

Poetry Magazine

Poetry Flash
Prairie Schooner

Provincetown Arts
James Scully

Small Press Review
The Sun

Christian Wiman

A. D. Winans