Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Great Regulars: "No man but a blockhead,"

Samuel Johnson famously observed, "ever wrote, except for money." This is tough news for poets, since the writing they do is often less immediately profitable than a second-grader's math homework (the kid gets a cookie or a hug; the poet gets a rejection letter from The Kenyon Review). Poetry itself is tremendously valuable, of course, but that value is often realized many years after a poem's composition, and sometimes long after the end of its author's life.

from David Orr: NPR: From Dissections To Depositions, Poets' Second Jobs


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