Poetry readings removed from Atlantic City's summer plans

AP News
Posted: May 07, 2015 6:27 PM

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Poetry has been sent packing from Atlantic City's summer entertainment offerings after complaints it would be a waste of money.

New Jersey's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority had planned to pay for readings as entertainment alongside music at a farmers market it sponsors.

But three lawmakers called the readings the "height of absurdity" as a way to attract people to the struggling resort city.

Authority Executive Director John Palmieri tells The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1JuonLu ) he's calling off the readings. He says "poetry is not a bad thing" but maybe someone other than his agency should subsidize it.

The authority is funded by a tax on the city's casinos.

Four of the city's 12 casinos closed last year, and 8,000 workers lost their jobs. Three other casinos are in bankruptcy.