Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Great Regulars: The essay justifies her baffling policy of not

publishing negative reviews during her tenure in the 1990s as review editor of The Fiddlehead, a major Canadian literary journal. "I made a point," she writes, "of requesting that a review be written only if the reviewer was genuinely enthusiastic about the book." Why? Because to be an artist, "one must be tuned to the play of emotion and perception" and therefore reviewers should have "respect for the thin skin that is essential to creativity."

Cue the violins, folks.

from Michael Lista: National Post: On Poetry: The good in bad reviews


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