MERE PROSE cannot express the guffaws I have experienced (EARNED!) from this story at PBS News. Here are the highlights:
"Never till now was I shamed by the name of poet."
"Poet Joseph Bottum, an editor at The Weekly Standard Magazine, fears the tone of the dissent will hurt poetry's public role"
"Is not a poet a truth-teller, a seer of inner visions?"
"I personally am enormously disappointed by this use of poetry, in a kind of [scrunch up face] 1970s or 1980s way, to think that poets somehow have to be in dissent."