We conclude our homage to Banned Books week with a final post. Banned Books week celebrates the right to read what you want as well as access to information and publications without restrictions. But sometimes choices are made about what to publish and what not to publish. For example, how do editors make decisions about what to include in an anthology of fiction or poetry? Professor Hans Ostrom took up this challenge in one of his classes. In his class students discussed different subjects of and language in poetry that the public at large might think are still highly controversial if not strictly forbidden. That is, if such poems were to appear in an anthology, the anthology might be banned by certain libraries.
Two students responded to this discussion by creating poems dealing with the theme “forbidden.” If these poems were to appear in an anthology, do you think certain libraries might ban the book?
http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/collins-memorial-library/forbidden-poetry/. Let us know.