Good points made here…
Today the Guardian published an article about the Forward Poetry Prize and judge Jeremy Paxman. Paxman’s comments included the idea that poets need to “engage with ordinary people much more” (Quotation taken from the article).
You’re reading the wrong stuff, Mr Paxman. Firstly, poetry’s not just read, it’s heard. I’m a written not a spoken word poet but I still love spoken word poetry. There are collections full of real life, real world, diverse and diverging ideas and interests and people. You just need to want to see them, and look for them.
The rest of the article is certainly worth reading and there is some very thoughtful and insightful commentary from Michael Symmons Roberts. Also there is a list of the prizes for this year so you know what to be looking out for.
[In a separate issue noted in the article, Paxman said that poets should explain…
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