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

The Showboat Casino Hotel, left, and the Revel Casino Hotel along the Boardwalk in Atlantic City (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

The 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.

CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri tells The Press of Atlantic City that he's calling them off. He says "poetry is not a bad thing," but that maybe someone other than his agency should subsidize it.

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

Four casinos closed last year and 8,000 workers lost their jobs.

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