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PARDON ME, DID YOU JUST BAN CHRIS AECHTNER FROM SOUP

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Below is the poem entitled PARDON ME, DID YOU JUST BAN CHRIS AECHTNER FROM SOUP which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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PARDON ME, DID YOU JUST BAN CHRIS AECHTNER FROM SOUP


...Did you just banish a poet as though he had posted pornography or a sadistic rant
when, in fact, all he did was voice an opinion which opposed your own?

You have gathered a group of creative minds, a group who by their very nature are free-thinkers, and therefore you should expect that disagreements will occur. 

A poet who does not kick up the dust now and again, lead by his chin, stand up on principle and write from both gut and heart is not a poet I would want to know.

You have stated that this site is not a democracy. Then what is it? Imperialism? 

Chris Aechtner is a poet?s poet. His work is crystalline, yet never simple. He and I once discussed raw poetry and I could never mimic what he can do with free verse. He once said to me that I shoot from the hip and he and I are the same that way. Always speaking from a place of personal conviction, even if those convictions jar with the general populace. Unable to silence that throb in the heart that says SPEAK YOUR TRUTH.

Have Chris and I ever disagreed about anything? LOL. Oh, yeah. Big time. But I respect this man for who he is and his principles. He is, above all else, a man of high ideals. I can hear him barking now. I am basically calling him the idealist that he once called me. But what is principle other than an ideal, eh, my friend?

I doubt the man will come back even if the administration groveled, offered him membership and promised him the key to Soup City... 

But if we , his friends, the soup community asked the powers that be to rethink their knee-jerk decision, and if Chris heard dozens of voices calling out, come home, come home, come home...

Then perhaps, just perhaps, our man of principle, our very own Peter Pan, will fly back, write us some Vomitus, wish us all a merry Chris Chris.. Christmas and continue to keep the Soup warm and just a tad zesty.

Love to all Soupers


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  1. Date: 12/18/2013 5:10:00 PM
    Even if he submitted pornography or sadistic material, we suppose to have freedom of speech; I thought. Racism and attacks deserve to be banned, not an honest opinion... I'm sure Chris, probably sent them a letter about plagiarism, with his long winded self. When he's passionate about something, he knows how to disturb a nest.... That's what poets do! C' mon home Chris-Wu!!!

  1. Date: 12/18/2013 10:33:00 AM
    Wonderful Cyndi!! I love the way you honored this person's right to speak how he feels...is that not the basic definition of poetry. Hats off to you!! :) ...Oh and just in case you didn't mean it there, you have a ? in "poet?s poet" and I wasn't sure if you wanted an apostrophe :) Thank you again for this work of art.

  1. Date: 12/13/2013 8:48:00 AM
    I second that emotion!

  1. Date: 12/12/2013 9:56:00 PM
    PS told me that they banned Chris because he was SPAMMING the site. What that comes down to...is that he pushed the submit button a few more times than he should have. We have all seen multiple postings.... Why, I wonder...is Chris the one to be punished when I doubt very seriously if he knew that it was spamming. I want Chris reinstated as a member here. he is a good man and an awesome poet. Happy Holidays! hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 12/12/2013 4:48:00 PM
    Come back, Chris! Thank you Cyndi for saying what I wanted to say.

  1. Date: 12/12/2013 3:03:00 PM
    ... what happened ??? why was Chris given the proverbial boot ??? us Canadians were a paltry few to begin with without having one of our own shown the door, could you soup mail me if you know what happened and if you have his e-mail

  1. Date: 12/11/2013 10:44:00 PM
    Im glad to see you back Cyndi

  1. Date: 12/11/2013 10:43:00 PM
    If Chris is banned that is very very sad..And I wonder why?He is a straightforward guy but never aims to hurt anybody...I find this heartbreaking.

  1. Date: 12/11/2013 10:14:00 PM
    love to Cyndi Souper too. xxx ooos