“His poems are of plain speak and verbal music, of erudition and common sense. They are learned poems, but they are also accessible. And, most of all, they are deeply felt.”
Davis McCombs

“Undoubtedly, this is a work
headed for literary permanence
in our collective ear.”
Major Jackson

For the more than forty years J. Chester Johnson has written verse, his work received praise from writers and poets spanning several decades – from, among others, Allen Tate and Nobel Laureate I. B. Singer to current, well-known poets, such as Molly Peacock and Major Jackson.

NOTABLE

- “In The Rows” a Poetic Tribute. Read under HAPPENINGS

- A Massacre in Arkansas: Facing Love and History
Published on Best American Poetry Blog

- Mogadishu and Verse
Tom Sleigh at the Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center. Article Published in Literary Matters

- Becoming and Unbecoming Henri Faust, Part I
A four-part series of articles published on Best American Poetry Blog

- Becoming and Unbecoming Henri Faust, Part II

- Becoming and Unbecoming Henri Faust Part III

- Becoming and Unbecoming Henri Faust – Part IV

- If One Note Is Missing: C. D. Wright’s One With Others
Published in Literary Matters

- Evanescence: The Elaine Race Massacre
Appeared on Green Mountains Review in four installments.

- On Working With W. H. Auden On The Psalms
One of six articles which recently appeared on Best American Poetry Blog.

- Auden On Prayer Book Revision: No More Mr. Nice Guy?
One of six articles which recently appeared on Best American Poetry Blog.

- Writing Verse About 9/11
One of six articles which recently appeared on Best American Poetry Blog.

- The Double Life For Poets
One of six articles which recently appeared on Best American Poetry Blog.

- Return Of The Epic
Published on Best American Poetry Blog.

- A Case For Elastic Rhyme
Published on Best American Poetry Blog.