Michael Phillips (MJP) of smog.net, Professional Loser
The only part of smog.net that I used to read was the mailbag section where MJP would publish mostly angry and often inappropriate e-mails, mostly coming from poetry traditionalists. But this was not always the case. MJP would sometimes publish an e-mail for no reason other than to be sadistic:
Subject: smog.net site feedback
Reply-To: UNDISCLOSED EMAIL
Im a french male living in Chile, and I offer myself as a nude model for Art works.
You can contact me at UNDISCLOSED EMAIL
Note that unlike MJP, I have not disclosed this guy’s actual e-mail. That would be inappropriate because the poor guy hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s a nude model. It’s a job and an honest living. Selling your own so-called art like MJP is demeaning, not being a nude model.
You might argue that I too am a sadist. I am a sadist. But I only enjoy hurting assholes. I am not the terrorist that MJP is. I’ve never gone after someone who didn’t have it coming.
This mailbag entry I loved:
Subject: My work [new blood]
alot of the fine art on your site is absolute dogshit compared to my work. such an obvious abundance of forgettable mediocrity. You deny your own eyes. I clean more soul from beneath my fingernails every day than you can comprehend. I thought the day I got on your site would be the zenith of my career. Quite frankly, I'm surprised. My life is too short to be filled with so much shame. three cheers for the banal masses. Pussy. I'm picking my nose as I write this. Fecal peanuts for you. You've fucked with the wrong shitty painter. Come to NY and see me so I can step on your throat. Put this entire letter up. It would speak volumes if you would just listen. Go ahead you sorry little cunt. Let's see what happens.
“I clean more soul from beneath my fingernails every day than you can comprehend.” That’s a great line. I think this guy Matt is a vastly better poet than MJP. Though I think Matt could use a few pointers on how to be scary. It’s best not to threaten people online because you leave behind all that evidence. If you really must invite MJP to visit you in New York in order for you to step on his throat, you should give him your home address. Or better yet, give him the address of the half-way house that you will be staying at when you have served your prison sentence.