PW readers sound off.
I just want to applaud you on the article on CA Conrad. He’s not only a great poet but he’s also a great guy. I’ve always loved his nail polish. I participated in his (soma)tics workshop over the summer and I hope he will be doing it here again.
EBONY MALAIKA COLLIER
Thank you for spotlighting this amazing poet. Conrad is a testament to poetry and humanity. I am always amazed at his breadth of knowledge and experience. He is a great advocate for people of all kinds, animals and the planet, as well as being Philadelphia’s best living poet.
R. GREY via philadelphiaweekly.com
I thought this was a great article. Conrad is a force to be reckoned with. Last time I saw him, he was honoring another dead poet. I’m glad Conrad was honored this time. He’s truly unique, has his own voice and shocks as well as informs. He’s a force in the poetry world.
HAL SIROWITZ via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Daniel Denvir’s recent day at the library:
Great article, but neglects to mention that the library is not only a haven for the homeless but a great resource for the growing unemployed population looking for jobs! To quote a friend of mine, “things like internet, heating and AC are huge expenses when you’re not on the company dime.”
HELEN A. via philadelphiaweekly.com
Great article with fond memories. My friends and I used to go to the main library for many reasons when we were in school. Sometimes even to do some research, but many times just to hang out. It was always a safe haven, and it had many secretive rooms. Exploring the library was always mysterious and interesting. Thanks for making me homesick.
BRUCE LUNDY via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Jacob Lambert’s article favoring the soda tax:
Don’t the bottlers have alternatives they can bottle and sell, items not subject to the sugary drinks tax? Don’t they claim to be innovative in product development, manufacturing and marketing as companies? Or is selling flavored, bubbly sugar water just easy for them, the masses flocking for that sweet drink.
Then benefit of implementation would be to cause some frantic product development and testing of a line of beverages, acceptable to the consumers and the corporate bottom line. This is a chance at evolving the bottled drink economy in Philadelphia into something that can serve the growing demographic. Think of the labs and marketers who can earn business with new products coming down the pipeline. We all know how bad the product is (if you drink it everyday) and one day people will be educated and make better choices. Better for the industry to be ready for that day than to wither away from declining sales when people “smarten” up.
DAVID via philadelphiaweekly.com