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What could be more wasteful than poetry?

By Harriet Staff

Senator Tom Coburn has put together a chapbook of found poetry called Wastebook 2010. In it, he details what he sees as wasteful government spending. The USA Today took particular delight in one particular aspect of the publication:

Then there is this: nearly $1 million was spent on poetry in the Little Rock, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Chicago zoos to help raise awareness of environmental issues.

Coburn suggests a word from Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven might be more appropriate for the taxpayers who foot the bill:


Originally Published: December 21st, 2010