Geoffrey Nutter discusses his concerns about the state of poetry.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
"Many poets experience a sort of 'Stockholm syndrome' where they begin to let the general public’s distrust of poetry rub off on them, then feel guilty and attack their own commitment to beauty for being indulgent and superfluous. They might feel there is something antiquated and obsolete and irrelevant about what we do. But we are all 'of our time', regardless of what we might think. I think that an apprehension about seeming somehow archaic or old-fashioned is what causes poets to put images and ideas into their poems that strive for a ginned-up sense of the present."