Monday, November 10, 2003

Quinn Skylark's BookWatch

Ok, now this is a stunning new development. Via Quinn Skylark comes a story about a student punished for having violence in his poetry.

Punish a poet for miscounting beats in his iambic pentameter or for using vague abstractions. Expell them for indulging in concrete poetry passed age 10. But don't, please, censor for SUBJECT MATTER -- for THOUGHT. This is, to be cliche, rather Orwellian -- or at least Stalinistic. This is the kind of excess fear drives us to commit. In response to horror we create more, different, longer lasting horrors. It's damaging to our civil liberties, to our souls, and to the sate of our literary future. It's a bad, bad sign.

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