LETTER: Poetry, news and the City Council

Posted 4/11/17

In Chris Tucker’s story “Port Townsend officially a ‘welcoming city’” [April 5 edition], the reporter wrote that I had written a “short poem,” which I read before the council Monday, …

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LETTER: Poetry, news and the City Council

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In Chris Tucker’s story “Port Townsend officially a ‘welcoming city’” [April 5 edition], the reporter wrote that I had written a “short poem,” which I read before the council Monday, March 27.

Actually, I read two short poems, transcribed inaccurately in Mr. Tucker’s good article. Here they are, in the correctly formatted versions:

“Sanctuary City” –

wherever stand-up people

stand up

and

“Welcoming City”

as in a term for a tourist ad,

not resistance

to the hate-mongering

of a would-be dictator.

KARMA TENZING WANGCHUK

Port Townsend

Editor’s note: Newspaper reporters are required to follow the Associated Press Stylebook, and the poetry above should have been styled in the following manner: “Sanctuary City / whenever stand-up people / stand up.”

We printed the poems above as intended as a courtesy. Quoting poetry in news articles can be a challenge when it’s not clear where the line breaks might be intended.

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