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Date: 5/18/2005

Indy Rumbles bout Carrboro Poetry Fest

Ken Rumble
Ken Rumble essays about the Carrboro Poetry Festival in the new Independent, which just hit the racks this afternoon. Besides Ken describing the scene, local and upcoming, you get to see pictures of organizer Patrick Herron and his dog Hooch, of Linh Dinh and of me (what is that guy looking at?). Ken gives a good review of many of the poets that will be reading this weekend. He expects to see you there.

IBM blogging unleashed!

Sayan points us to the official IBM policy on corporate blogging and further to Tim Bray’s reactions.
James Snell describes the construction of the IBM blogging policy:

The core principles — written by IBM bloggers over a period of ten days using an internal wiki — are designed to guide IBMers as they figure out what they’re going to blog about so they don’t end up like certain notable ex-employees of certain notable other companies. They’re also intended to communicate IBM’s position on such practices as astroturfing, covert marketing, and openly goading or berating competitors — specifically, don’t do it. As these guidelines were being drafted, we drew heavily upon our own experiences as bloggers and the excellent prior art in this space graciously provided by Sun, Microsoft, Groove and many others who have drafted policies and guidelines for their employees.

Snell also has a great parody of corporate activity policies on his blog called “Guidelines for IBM Breathers: Executive Summary”. One of my favorites: “Try to add value, and for goodness sakes use a breath mint.”

Confessing poet; poetic wax

Carrboro Poetry Fest Logo
The Chapel Hill News finally put Carrboro Poet Laureate Patrick Herron’s “My View” piece that was published last Sunday online so I can refer to it here. Patrick confesses that he manufactured the poem that won him his Poet Laureateship by looking about some poetic tropes and cliches then incorporating them into his submission. But the joke was on him. He had wanted to use the office of Poet Laureate to create a community of poets and to put together a Festival of very diverse poets and poetics. Now he had to actually do it. No excuses.
And he did. Last year, 40+ poets read in the course of two days to good crowds and good responses. And we had a blast.
This weekend will be the Second Annual Carrboro International Poetry Festival. Many different poets. Some old favorites. And some surprises (I’ve been assured).
Here’s how the Chapel Hill News promotes it in today’s edition.

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