Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Do We Expect Too Much From Poetry?
We want too much from poetry. We want it ” — to defeat time, to still it beautifully; to express irreducible individuality in a way that can be recognized socially or … to achieve universality by being irreducibly social,” and so much more. “The one thing all these demands share is they can’t ever be fulfilled with poems.”