Thanks to Jilly at Poetry Hut Blog for this link: Detained poet denied visits and parcels
In some countries, poets fly to NYC to drink, talk shop, and buy stuff. In some countries, they get thrown in jail if they insult the government.
Which is not to say that it couldn't happen here ... at the moment we do have a government that is particularly un-fond of being insulted, and certainly US citizens have been detained for saying things the government didn't like. But it's really bad in Burma.
Some days I feel helpless about the world and I wish I could just wave a magic wand and fix everything. That's not particularly useful, is it?