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April 06, 2015


Great article that can connect to the events that are happening today.

Wonderful writing. Your words bring me in and keep me engaged even after I was done reading.

The writing was incredible. I was intrigued by the use of greater words.

Why the use of the word ascot rather than tie? I'm curious about whether this usage has a deeper meaning or if it just sounded better or fit better within the text.

"And well they should: nothing crucial is safe." This line brought the entire piece together for me.

I agree that poets and other writers should use their craft to bring attention to the important issues that no one wants to talk about.

good job

I love the word usage in this! The way you use italics to convey your point is spot on and helps me to read this the way you meant it in your mind. *claps*

I agree. I think poetry should focus on less generalized topics and focus on more specific things.

This was a nice and pleasant short piece to read. I liked the lines and all the "we" and "us" and "them" parts as well. Overall I enjoyed it.

The entry really makes you think about the difference between the privileged and the lesser.

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
-Theodore Roosevelt

I find your entry to be very important and well stated as you addressed a very real and intense situation. It is very pleasing to know that there are still people willing to take a stand in the correct manner for things they believe in and want to change.

Marty McConnell is coming to Joliet West High School tomorrow. We are very excited about her coming, and my AP/Honors Junior classes have been reading her work all day. Marty's writing on April 6 is prophetic to April 29. Voices are needed. People to challenge, and question, and to react. It is not easy. Marty speaks for many of us with a brave, confident, and beautiful message.

How could a poet write, but not lies?
I agree that staying within the comfort zone prohibits many authors, (poet), from exploring different angles, feeling and views. There has to be a better interest in the world.

What is your take on the recent, violent protests in Baltimore? You have some interesting ideas on how writing should help others and I would be interested to know your reaction to the protests.

Your writing inspires me to become an artistic writer that takes risks. Thank you for your contribution to our society!

As someone who likes to write as well, I completely agree with the message of this piece. Rather than sticking to safe topics, it is crucial for writers to venture into risky areas. The discrimination issues within the US are a prime example of something that needs to be addressed. Rather than staying quiet or avoiding the subject, we need to discuss it. This was very well-written and totally true. So many people have privileges that they take for granted and people need to start recognizing that.

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

Your word use is excellent. It helps bring the piece together.

This was nice piece and well written.

I admire your confidence in your writing, and how you encourage others to get out of their comfort zone. Experiencing the real world is certainly something everyone should do.

i haz no clue man

This blog post speaks a lot about our society as a whole in the events that are going on throughout the world.

I enjoyed reading Marty McConnell's piece "The Only Way to Stop the Ascot-Graspers, or: Unacknowledged Privilege Makes Poetry Matter Less". Marty addresses that certain dangers or conflicts in the world are rarely mentioned. I look forward to reading her other work.

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