CONFERENCES: The Epoch of Burned Wings

There was a young lady from Vex,

Who blew smoke onto neighboring


Said her colleague, to gripe:

"I object to the pipe;

"All it does is detract from our sex."

With these lines, a Belgian poetess registered her protest against Fellow Poetess Pierette Micheloud, of Vex, Switzerland, who insisted on puffing away at a long-stemmed, elegant pipe. The limerick was by far the sharpest contribution heard at the First International Poetry Biennial, which assembled 200 poets from 30 countries at Knokke le Zoute, Belgian seaside resort, to spend a happy four days talking shop...

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