Apparently First Lady Laura Bush was going to hold a White House poetry symposium but cancelled it when she realized most of the attending poets (including several poet laureates) were planning on speaking out against invading Iraq.
The First Lady said that she "did not believe poetry should be used for political purposes." Well that's fantastic. There goes seven thousand years of political and social commentary in the poetic form. While I know she doesn't wield any actual power, she wields enormous influence. I wonder, does her husband feel the same way?
The poets, meanwhile, have established a Web site: www.poetsagainstthewar.org.