Protesting The Protesting Poets

Roger Kimball was looking forward to going to the White House next week for lunch with Laura Bush and a symposium on “Poetry and the American Voice.” Then he heard the event had been cancelled after Copper Canyon Press founder Sam Hamill had organized an anti-war protest around the event. “What about the many distinguished poets who believe Sam Hamill is a publicity-craving nonentity who spoiled their chance to celebrate American poetry at the White House? They, of course, have not been mentioned much. ‘Poets for Responsible U.S. Foreign Policy’ is not news.”