Friday, October 07, 2005

How can this be poetry week when we had poetry month in May?

Norm has me all confused.

Catherine Gander, who is researching a doctorate on modern poetry, says:

At a time when novelists have acquired the status of rock stars, poets are still the poor relations of the literary world. Just how poor can be seen in the tepid reaction to national poetry week, the days from October 3 to October 9 officially allotted to the celebration of poetry. Yesterday was national poetry day and no one cares.

I celebrated poetry month in April (wrongly, as it happens) and then in May, which was National Poetry month. I posted a poem every day.

Are the poets trying to hog the whole calendar? Or is this some British thing?

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