This extraordinary case has been all over the national and international news for close to a week now. All the major television outlets have reported on it; dozens of leading papers have covered it; and prominent political and activist figures have expressed their outrage about it.

But apparently, not a single member organization of the so-called “Poetry Coalition” ( has even noticed, much less come to the support of the young poet, Allan Monga.

Why has the Poetry Foundation, for instance, not said a word about this on its “poetry news” Harriet Blog? Is this issue not major poetry news?

Or is it that it’s just too “impolitic” to call out and embarrass the NEA?

How shameful is that?