Intern Morgan gives her opinion.
Literary fingers are running mad in the online community because of the recent controversy between Thomas Sayers Ellis and Busboys and Poets. I will save myself the tedium of rehashing this event, and rather urge you to Google it. Are the poets just whining and complaining about the system? Or is Busboys and Poets really a nefarious capitalist machine?
Poets have a long history of taking positions in matters of social justice. As a young writer, I have been inspired by the works of Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, artists whose work and activism have made a difference. I happily add Thomas Sayers Ellis to this list. Mr. Ellis seems to have stirred a movement that focuses on the rights of poets, and that’s always a good thing.