Posted on February 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Who knew poems were so dangerous?

Before Poetry magazine had raised hackles with its incarceration-themed issues, an Indiana man’s creative efforts landed him on the bad side of his local library.

Literary Hub reports that the ACLU of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against the Jackson County Public Library for banning patron Richard England for life.

England’s offense? He had brought a poem that criticized Donald Trump for a particular library employee; that worker wasn’t there, so England put the poem in a basket on the circulation desk.

According to the lawsuit, the library’s response to England’s initial protest was simply that “we don’t do politics at the library,” and our search for an official response to the lawsuit only turned up a lack of comment given to a local TV station.

Lit Hub has shared the poem in question, should you be curious.

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