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October 11, 2013


Certainly a better use of the money than sending out solicitation letters asking for more money.

Poets of the generation(s) before mine (I'm 65) as a rule didn't have access to the cushy university jobs paying the salaries and benefits that so many of us now enjoy. Instead of just calling on the Poetry Foundation to ante up, why not figure out a way all of us can donate, say, ten dollars a month out of our paychecks? Maybe have that money "matched" by the PF, as PBS stations arrange in their fund drives? Maybe pro-rated, so older people (with higher salaries) pay more? The PF could fund a study about how to do this most efficiently, and maybe could be the organization through which the money is dispersed. I don't know; just a thought.

Give it all to Lil B.

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