18 jun. 2009

Can Poets & Writers be taken seriously? What is the source of its gravitas? First of all, a poet is a writer, so the very title of the journal contains a sort of category error, as though one were to say "dogs and animals," or "girls and children." You wouldn't have a journal called Novelists and Writers or Playwrights and Writers.

2 comentarios:

Matt dijo...

I totally agree. But I can imagine a conversation that goes:

"So, what's your thing?"
"I'm a writer."
"Oh cool, what do you write?"
"Poetry."
"Oh..." he said, feeling gypped, misled...

Ross Brighton dijo...

Ha ha! that happens to me all the time, and I love it. Or people ask me what my book is about, and I say it's a book of poems, and they ask, "oh... so what is it about?".

Do people ask musicians what their latest record is about?