Those Pesky Poets Get Into More Trouble

The White House “postponement” of a planned poetry event in February because of a planned protest by some of the invited poets is rousing lots of speculation. Some poets wanted to protest the war and resented the possible appearance of their support for war policies by their attendance. Plans to speak out againt a war with Iraq worried the White House and so the event was put off. Says one poet: “It tells you how little they understand poetry and poets, including the poets under discussion. It’s a way to co-opt people, makes them look like they are interested in the arts without bothering to understand the arts.”