Controversies in rarified places

Even in poetry, there are controversies. Maybe this is a tempest in a teapot, but I’ve come over the decades to recognize poetry as my own personal teapot.

The first female Oxford Professor of Poetry resigned today following her involvement in an alleged smear campaign against a former rival.

Ruth Padel, a great-great granddaughter of Charles Darwin, insisted she had “acted in good faith” and had done “nothing intentional” to lead her rival Derek Walcott to withdraw from the election.

Oxford University sources said a new election would now be held.

via Oxford professor of poetry Ruth Padel resigns

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