"That the upper canopy-dwelling TV producers have allowed a little light to reach the forest floor, where the poets beetle about, is of course, a good thing. But the starting point – 'poetry is in decline' or 'poetry needs saving' – is the wrong one. The Newsnight Review's angle typified the position: poetry, they suggested, has 'an image problem'. It really doesn't. The good stuff just doesn't care about image in the first place. The problem lies with those in the media who don't understand this way of being, or who want to make very obvious the public service aspect of featuring poetry. Poetry is also 'too difficult' or 'too obscure', say critics. It really isn't. It should be addressed with punchy self-confidence and passion, not tip-toed around."
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on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 12:21 PM.
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I love "beetle about"!
Yes, it's quite descriptive, isn't it? :-D
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