Friday, 12 December 2014


"There is a good reason most reviews of poetry are so dull, and it's not just because the same can be said for most poetry. It's true that review editors tend to assign books of dull poets to critics of congruent dullness, but even zany poets are likely to inspire dull reviews. The reason is this: poets are regarded as handicapped writers whose work must be treated with tender condescension, such as one accords the athletic achievements of basketball players confined to wheelchairs."

From The Castle of Indolence: On Poetry, Poets and Poetasters by Thomas M. Disch

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