This Space for Rent

That’s the most polite FOAD! I’ve seen in a long time.

The poet Sharon Olds was invited to a fancy dinner at Mount Doom on the Potomac, and Cc:ed The Nation on her letter respectfully declining the dubious honor of dining with the B*sh junta. Now, many people, when confronted with an invitation to Mount Doom, could easily answer with a torrent of abuse for the evil toads who have taken over the country, but it really does take someone who writes poetry for a living to say it in such a way that you think it's actually a complement to be rudely rejected:

So many Americans who had felt pride in our country now feel anguish and shame, for the current regime of blood, wounds and fire. I thought of the clean linens at your table, the shining knives and the flames of the candles, and I could not stomach it.

(via The Nation, but the link to their webpage is from Pen And Sword)