Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fragment of an Agon

"Most poets are involved in listing their public achievements. They don't say anything about how they have grown or how they have learned.  I don't feel intimidated, because I look down on them. Their priorities are wrong. They are competitive, and I don't believe in competition in the arts. Competition belongs in sports and business.'' -- Kirby Congdon

11 comments:

Jordan said...

This reminds me of something I wrote on this very subject, and here's a link to it.

Don Share said...

Where?!

Jordan said...

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Kent Johnson said...

"Competition belongs in sports and business."

I wholeheartedly agree with Kirby.

See you at the AWP!

Don Share said...

I won't be at AWP, so there!

Henry Gould said...

Interesting article - thanks, Don.

Have been wondering today if our imaginative language is suffering from over-use. If we writers ourselves - supposed guardians of English & poetry - haven't inadvertently paved it over.

I'm ready for my 2nd childhood.

Paul said...

There is a significant difference between engagement and discussion and competition. There seems to be this general trend on the internet decreeing that we should all just do our own thing and not engage people with whom we may disagree. This is counter to the history of the art form which has often moved forward as a result of the interaction between poets.

knott said...

what was his financial situation . . . did he eschew pobiz because he had the money to do so . . . easy to be holier than thou when you got the bucks . . .

Jordan said...

> over-use

Misuse, you mean.

Anonymous said...

All AmPos talk about anymore is money.

Zachariah Wells said...

The problem ain't that there's too much competition--it's that there ain't enough...