Author Agrees To Tone Down Controversial Poetry Book

NEW YORK (CBS 2) – The poet behind a controversial urban poetry book has agreed to tone down the content before it is taught in city schools again.

Tylibah Washington is rewriting her “Streets in Poem Form” book to make it more age appropriate.

Parents in Brooklyn complained that the book’s sexually explicit comments about everyone from drug dealers to presidents weren’t appropriate for fifth graders.

While she agreed to change it, Washington still believes in the original message.

“The message that I convey in these poems is that you can transcend anything in life that you want to do. You’re capable of being able to do it,” Washington said.

Washington is the goddaughter of City Councilman Charles Barron.

  • Kate

    Ms. Washington is privileged, and Mr. Barron’s nepotism introduces her stale, stereotyped “poetry” into the schools. How much did we pay her for her snobbish, vulgar, middle-class view of the poor??? Why not read the great living African-American poet Rita Dove, internationally acclaimed? Why not great writers of the Harlem Renaissance? Give the children The Penguin Book of Contemporary African Poets!

  • EricM

    Let’s keep these agenda driven radicals out of our school system, and leave education to our skilled EDUCATORS. This woman should take her agenda and inflict it on her own children…not ours.

  • Rascal

    Who wants to bet she never finished high school and has at least 2 children by different fathers?

    • Kate

      Nonsense! She probably has a “creative” writing degree from Vassar, children in expensive private schools, and a 3 bedroom home in Westchester, near the Clintons. No one poor thinks there’s anything romantic in using foul language, being dirt poor, or paising drug use and prostitution!

  • The BIG D

    While I may not think her work is any good or appropriate, she was trying to get inner city kids into poetry. That is not such a bad thing.

  • Jack

    This is the libs accomodating the primate species. So scared of being called “rayciss” that they let these savages turn NYC into a shathole. No wonder white middle class move to North Carolina or Arizona.

  • Jersey Boy

    Angry looking folks…

    • The BIG D

      HAHA. So true. Must be fun being so miserable all the time.

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