Danish poetry reading costs a million kroner.

yahya hassan

Perhaps Denmark’s most talked about poetry reading ever happened without drama yesterday evening, as outspoken poet Yahya Hassan read from his self-titled debut publication to a crowd of about 250 at an Odense school.

One man was arrested and 15 were turned away by police outside the school.

Wouldn’t we all like to have a reading like that?

Well, no, once you understand:

The reading had initially been slated to be held at the public library in the Vollsmose council estates, but was cancelled by police out of fear that Hassan, 19, would be in physical danger due to his critical comments about Islam. Earlier this month, he was assaulted in Copenhagen’s central station and has since lived under police protection.

Source: The Copenhagen Post.

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