Thursday, November 30, 2006

A generous instinct

"I've begun to think that [public performance of poetry] forges an unnaturally close relationship between you and the work," he says. "It is important that the work leaves the house and makes its way in the world. But when you read this stuff you have to take responsibility for it in a way that you don't want. The work isn't you. It's supposed to proceed from a more generous instinct than that."
He being Don Paterson in a recent Guardian feature. And so proceeds blogging on poetry too. Mark Thwaite uses the same quotation introducing the Birmingham poet Roy Fisher to a larger audience during his weeklong residence on the Journal of the Poetry Foundation. See also the following day's discussion of the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer in light of Richard Dawkins' latest wrongheadedness.

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