Poets' war 'to get sales in motion' [Australia]
A LITERARY stoush involving fist fights, drug abuse, prostitutes and apprehended violence orders has revealed Australian poets are more Rambo than Rimbaud.
However, there were claims yesterday that the controversy was a publicity stunt to sell books.
West Australian poet John Kinsella took out an apprehended violence order last week against two of his colleagues over a series of allegedly threatening emails.
The poet claims he has been harassed by more than 40 messages a day from former friends Anthony Lawrence and Robert Adamson.
The pair told The Australian the emails were part of a literary joke and denied they wanted to threaten Kinsella. Lawrence suggested the episode was a "publicity stunt" by the "self-promoting" Kinsella.
Ha! It's a bit of an argy-bargy...