Poetry needs to be protected from agendas – Clifton

“Writing is in danger of being overvalued at the moment, Ireland’s new Professor of Poetry, Dublin-born poet Harry Clifton said last night. Speaking at the announcement of his appointment as Ireland Professor of Poetry 2010 in Dublin, the 58-year-old said he would protect the sanctity of the mythical poet’s teaching room from ‘the kind of people who have too strong an agenda’ …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 1 July]

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