Saturday, April 23, 2005

Victory in California Violent Poetry Case

I picked up the newsletter of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund when I last passed through the local comic store. The Fall 2004 issue, so not the hottest news. I vaguely remember having heard about the case of the high school student who wrote a possibly threatening poem. Seems it made it to the California Supreme Court and the Supreme Court ruled "unanimously [to] overturn ... the conviction of a 15-year old Santa Clara County student who was imprisoned for writing a disturbing poem." Good to hear one can still write a frightening poem -- especially in high school! Imprisoning poets would definitely have a chilling effect on the production of poems. Get an MFA, go to jail!

No, don't say that might be a good idea.

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