The Poet’s Plight

January 24th, 2008 at 6:12 am

Why do they kill the poets?

Lorca.

Nadia Anjuman.

Despite the Current Administration’s occasionally obnoxiously jingoistic xenophobic nationalistic drivel, can you ever imagine Them getting so desperate Here that they hurt the likes of a John Ashberry? Or sweet little Billy Collins? Or Louise Gluck?

No.

So it is with wide-eyed horror that I gasp in revulsion at the cowardice of Burma for arresting Saw Wai, a poet. Wai recently published a poem in a magazine in which the first words of each line read: “General Than Shwe is crazy with power.”

Never has an acrostic been so dangerous.

At least in America our poets go unnoticed and ignored like they’re supposed to!

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