28 October 2005

"however dusty their embrace, it is the attention of academics that gives poets their standing"

' ... however dusty their embrace, it is the attention of academics that gives poets their standing' ... says John Mullan, in an article in the Guardian "What are our poets writing about? "

"While the prizes and their attached ceremonials are good propaganda, poets need translators to help them find readers." The article was written just before the UK's Forward prize was announced. Read more.

Winner, David Harsent says in an interview,:
" All poets have to have day jobs. I used to be a bookseller and then a publisher, a lot of people teach and we all have to try and make a living as nobody can make a living just from poetry. For example, Robin Robertson is a publisher, the poetry editor of Cape, and Don Patterson is the poetry editor of Picador. I didn't want to teach or go on being a publisher because it was too demanding of my time. So I decided to try to make my living by my pen and I quite like thrillers." (The Guardian)

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