I enjoyed Steve Lowery's article concerning the poetry slam in Laguna Beach ("Iambic Pentathlon," June 11). He should have quoted e.e. cummings, who said, "all men lead lives of quiet desperation." The slam poets are being anything but quiet or desperate, and I applaud them for doing their part in keeping the spoken-word tradition alive in Orange County and throughout the nation.

Thank you for the great article. Maybe next time, Victor D. Infante can cover a football game.

—Larry Schulz, Huntington Beach Message to Schulz, winner of "The First (and Probably Last)OC Weekly Poetry Contest!" on March 5: Actually, Henry David Thoreau said, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation," which may explain why it was probably our last poetry contest.
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