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Poetry and Fraud?

In the Harvard Magazine website, there is an article about the Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe in Boulder, Colorado. The review starts out as a gleaming approval of this business but then, it takes a sharp turn towards equating this bookstore with fraud and abuse. Take a read of the article and watch for this paragraph:

To this end, the bookstore hosts two to five events per week—ranging from readings by established poets to open-microphone nights. Such events in 450 square feet may sound like trying to squeeze a sonnet into a haiku, but Buckley and Hunter recently managed to double their space—the vintage clothing store next door closed—and they are fast becoming a community resource, joining Naropa University, home to the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as part of Boulder’s burgeoning literary scene. “The café community drives the store financially, and the poetry is our reason for gathering,” Buckley says. Indeed, the café has done so well that Buckley and Hunter plan to add an outdoor patio to the store.

The problem with this statement is that the author of this post is equating this bookstore to Naropa University and it’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. I don’t know about you, but I doubt that the owners of the Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe have ordered their followers to forcefully strip a woman and a man against their will. And I don’t recall the Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe being mired in sleaze, pretending to be secular and yet they are truly religious in nature. I think that the Harvard Magazine should write a retraction and apologize to these people for equating them to Naropa University.

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3 thoughts on “Poetry and Fraud?

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  2. I feel like the Innisfree Poetry Bookstore is amazing and it shouldn’t be known as a place that stuffs people into it. If anything, it should be known as a resourceful business that is tapping into many streams of revenue and uniting a community.

    • Yes. I may not know much about the Innisfree Bookstore but I doubt they have robbed people of gobs of money, mistreated their employees and worked to created a new source of revenue for a religion that actively hurts people. So, I agree, the comparison to Naropa University is unfair.

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