Thirtieth Anniversary of Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Thirtieth Anniversary

 

By Elton Camp



That some books are contemptible I must agree

But that’s not some fanatic’s call, but up to me



When books the government undertakes to ban

That type censorship can quickly get out of hand



Judith Krug of the American Library Association

Was, in 1982, responsible for the week’s creation



A “challenge” is a request some book be banned

Surprising ones have been subjects of this demand



Golding’s Lord of the Flies has seen banning tries

And To Kill a Mockingbird has been called unwise



Orwell’s Animal Farm has been said to bring harm

Since self-appointed censors satire does alarm



Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl is called unfit

By those who, in righteous judgment, try to sit



Even though Mark Twain was liberal for his day

Huckleberry Finn some have tried to put away



The American Heritage Dictionary was not fine

Because “objectionable words” it chose to define



Catch 22 and Salinger’s classic, Catcher in the Rye

To bring about censorship quite a few will still try



Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 about censorship is one

That the “righteous” have put under the critic’s gun



Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath was once even burned

Because vulgar words the censor’s anger it earned



What gives others the right for them to try to decide

What books are unfit to read and then them hide?



Sex and violence the Bible often candidly tells about

For it to be banned will we someday hear that shout?



When bad about some writing a critic has said

It is likely that by a young person it will be read




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