my own redundant verse

My reply to Imani has been playing on my mind since this morning and I have had a change of heart. I do need to know that what I write has some sort of purpose, not necessarily political, but a purpose.

I am under no illusions as to the greater political influence that poetry has, or the lack of, as is the case argued in the previous post. I do not aim to set the worlds politics on its head with my writing. But art is a purpose in itself. The aesthetic aim to write something that is well crafted, and lasting to a reader. I believe that that is a purpose for all art.

There are other purposes for art and many different ideas on what a purpose is. Imani, do you mean poetry, and all other creative writing, should have no purpose whatsoever?


ps – I have just read the piece by Rachel Cooke from Sundays Observer (26th November). I’m not sure I like the idea of ‘battle lines’. I consider myself a professional, and now a blogger. The ideology behind both newspaper reviews and blog reviews is discussion and debate. There are as many bad reviews published in newspapers, as there are online.


link to comments listed in the post
link to Rachel Cooke article. – pb.


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