Amateur Poets Must Be Stopped!

Barney McLelland is sick to death of bad poetry being churned out by untrained hands in the misguided name of self-expression. “Numerous surveys, declining SAT scores, and classroom anecdotes have established that many… young Americans can barely read, cannot spell or do arithmetic, and know next to nothing of their own history; but they do not let mere ignorance get in the way of self-expression.” People are free to write whatever they like, of course, but just as we would not buy a handmade wood cabinet from an amateur, McLelland says we should stop encouraging every moron with a word processor to set his personal neuroses to verse.