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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Letter to the anonymous clowns at the Richmond Times Dispatch:

editorial piece


Dear Sirs:
Since the RTD is print media, I expect more in depth coverage of the research you cite in your brief 'humor' piece "Chewing the Fat" in the Tuesday Aug.7 editorial column.

Here, you present a 'blog' entry. Short, silly, and uninformative. Never mind, I was able to find out more information in better newspapers online.

And no one at those other papers insulted fans of modern poetry! We DO have diverse friends and interests - you might be surprised to know we attract even non-poets to our gatherings.

As I type this (fuming from your veiled insult and not mollified at all by the apologetic "Just kidding- maybe") the second SlamRichmond Team we've ever sent to the National Slam Competition in Austin, Texas is practicing to compete tonight in the first round. The team was able to attend through fund raising and help from poets and writers in the Poetry Society of Virginia, James River Writers, Artspace and art6 Gallery, Tuesday Verses, Mad Monkey Productions and many individuals (obviously NOT like you, penning your anonymous little bon mot to unsuspecting readers).

Why in the world do they do this? I don't even subscribe anymore except for the Sunday (my husband insists). Thanks. Ron Smith (well-known local poet and winner of the 2005 $10,000 Weinstein Poetry Prize) for bringing this to my attention.

1 comment:

Simmons B. Buntin said...

I'm sorry to say that I didn't think the comment was that big a deal, but I don't know the intricacies of the Richmond scene, obviously. As an outsider, I read it more as a comment on how few people read poetry, which even in this day of widespread access to poetry via the internet remains pretty much true.