Contesting the Poetry Contests

In little more than a year, the virtual community at Foetry.com has managed to cause a remarkable stir. The Web site has accused several prominent poets and presses of conflicts of interest, and its discussion forums have condemned nearly every aspect of the poetry-contest process. Foetry's charges are leveled carelessly and with no acceptable standards of proof; its methods are wrongheaded and dangerous. They divert attention from the merits of the poetry in question, and they give license