Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Poetry's clout

Could poetry be a dangerous profession? That hardly seems possible in our culture, where a poet's clout is one step up from irrelevance.

That's not the case in China. In February the National Post ran the story of Chinese poet  Zhu Yufu and how publishing his poem "It's Time"  contributed to a seven-year prison sentence.

"Mr. Zhu was detained last year as part of a widespread crackdown on dissent. As evidence of the “subversion of power” charge, prosecutors cited the poem as well as messages he sent on the Internet..."
Read all of "This is the poem that got a Chinese activist seven years in jail"

::Thanks to Brayden Sawatzky for bringing this article to our attention at our last MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading.::

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