In case you missed it, poets have become a whipping boy — or girl, getting their lashes from opponents of the Affordable Care Act. The latest to take up the cane on Fox news is Trey Gowdy, a member of the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives. The complaint is that poets can get health care and not work.
In a blog on the Esquire site Jill McDonough, one of our feature poets at this May’s festival, answers the accusation. Read it here: In Which Trey Gowdy Gets His Ass Kicked By A Poet