it seems like
it was clear that the whole thing was going to be a headache for the white house. but, the protests will still take place. it seems like it was more like the poets who were going to go were going to make it tough from a pr standpoint. it doesnt seem to me as much an issue of suppressing free speech as it does simply recinding an invitation...seems more similar to the baraka thing, where the govt realized that it didnt want to be endorsing dissenting opinions, which is just as much a free speech issue as anything else. it's not like the govt censored an existing poetry reading or anything, they just cancelled an event that was clear was going to backfire on them. the good thing is, this is really going to rally the poetry world and they're going to get their words in anyway.