In the past few hours, dozens of posts have been deleted from “The Pee in the Pool of On-line Poetry” thread on the much-respected Clattery MacHinery website. Even worse than that, certain posts that were in the deleted section were then reposted after the event — obviously the ones that were favorable to the management. Finally, all the posts attempting to discuss the deletions were deleted in turn.
CLICK HERE to see the very last deleted section and arrive at your own conclusion about Clattery and Terreson — who simply couldn’t abide by the idea that anybody else could have worthwhile ideas about On-line Poetry Board affairs. It was their turf, after all — we were tangling with the original On-line Poetry Board Sherrif!
(Oh the arrogance! Oh the ironies! Oh the destruction of such positive impulses!)
By the same token, we would like to encourage posters here to keep it positive. We all make mistakes, we all get to the end of our tethers. If Clattery MacHinery would like to step back and clear the air, we would be delighted. We could take this article down in a trice and get back into real dialogue over there.
Ditto Blog:Harriet — how we’d love to work with the Poetry Foundation where it’s at and not way out here at the end of this long, lonely limb!