Poetry Printed in 'Chronicle' Is Vulgar

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 9, 2009

Dear Editor,
    I am writing in response to one of your issues and its use of poetry and selections from area poets. Your choices invariably depend on profanity, lewdness, and vulgarities (and that is the printed version of all the selections, not the spoken). Who decides on the subjects covered and the responses? Why do your poets speak one way and the poetry used in other publications (and church hymnals) shaped differently? Are you unusually poised for profanity because of some unknown reason, or are you about average?
    I do not know how many different poetry styles are known in the Austin/Travis County area, but do they all depend on negative uses in order to gain publication? How many of the profanity-laced poems get a public airing for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or someone's birthday? (I am excluding rhetoric like rap utterings in this field.)
    What about poetry forms from international sources? Do you discourage these poets/wordsmiths from providing profanity-laced samples for publication in the average issue? What is your purpose for including poetry in your usual issue?
Kevin Carstarphen
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