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By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International   |   Jan. 31, 2003 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

WHITE HOUSE CANCELS POETRY SLAM

The White House has postponed a literary symposium after numerous poets said they would use the event to speak out against war with Iraq.

Originally slated for Feb. 12, the symposium "Poetry and the American Voice" was expected to highlight works by Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman. At the time the event was postponed Wednesday, no new date was mentioned. Laura Bush was to host the symposium.

Noelia Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said: "While Mrs. Bush respects the right of all Americans to express their opinions, she, too, has opinions and believes it would be inappropriate to turn a literary event into a political forum."

Word the event was canceled came quickly after Sam Hamill, founding editor of Copper Canyon Press, e-mailed his poet friends and asked them to make Feb. 12 "A Day of Poetry Against the War."

According to Hamill's Web site, almost 2,000 poets have submitted poems or personal statements to register what Hamill calls "their opposition to the Bush administration's headlong plunge toward war in Iraq."


BABY BOY FOR CLAUDIA SCHIFFER

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her film-producer husband, Matthew Vaughn, welcomed their first child into the world Thursday.

Schiffer gave birth to the unnamed, 7-pound boy by Caesarian section in a central London hospital, her spokeswoman said.

Both mother and baby reportedly are doing well and expected to return to their home in Suffolk in a few days.

Schiffer should not have any trouble finding playdates for her son -- fellow Brits Liz Hurley, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Victoria Beckham all have given birth in the past year.

While E! Online jokes Beckham and Hurley are among a long list of stars who gave birth by Caesarian because they were "too posh to push," Schiffer's spokeswoman said she had wanted a natural delivery, but had a Caesarian on the advice of her doctors.

"Claudia crushed one of her feet in an accident in November and has been on crutches ever since so doctors advised her against a natural delivery," she explained.


STARS COME OUT FOR JOEY PANTS, ROSIE

Marisa Tomei, Anthony Edwards and several henchmen from "The Sopranos" helped Joseph Pantoliano and Rosie Perez celebrate their Broadway debuts Thursday.

Pantoliano and Perez are taking over the title roles from Stanley Tucci and Edie Falco in Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune." Pantoliano is best-known for his roles in "The Sopranos" and "Memento" and soon will be seen in the big-screen comic book adventure, "Daredevil." Perez has starred in more than a dozen films, including "It Could Happen To You" and "Untamed Heart."

"Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" opened Aug. 8, 2002, and has recouped its $1.5 million capitalization.


SPANISH TOWN TO 'ADOPT' PALTROW

A town in Spain reportedly is so enchanted by American actress Gwyneth Paltrow it wants to adopt her.

The British entertainment Web site Ananova.com quotes Talavera de la Reina Mayor Jose Francisco Rivas as saying the actress was an "excellent ambassador" for the town because her glowing words about the area helped boost tourism.

Rivas said the "Shakespeare in Love" actress frequently has mentioned the town in interviews and had visited the area many times since taking a Spanish language course there at the age of 15.

Paltrow is expected to attend the "adoption" ceremony in the town, which is south-west of Madrid, while visiting Europe in March.

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