Saturday, April 4, 2009

A discussion on Todd Swift's blog about mainstream vs innovative poetry, which references a revaluation of Seamus Heaney on Jacket, put me in mind of a poem by Roy Fisher:


If you take a poem
you must take another
and another
till you have a poet.

And if you take a poet
you'll take another, and so on,
till finally you get
a civilization: or
the dirtiest brawl you ever saw -
the choice isn't yours.

1 comment:

Aidan Semmens said...

Oh, I love Roy Fisher. If ever there was a poet who didn't deserve to be embroiled in a brawl, it's him. A man who looks a good writer (and a good human being) from whichever side of whichever fence you're looking. Why isn't he more highly valued?