Friday, September 16, 2011
Better late than never
"The problem with many among the Others and Conductors is in part their unwillingness to understand that Simon Armitage and Robert Crawford are not Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates, that a late stage in an art's development might legitimately produce an atmosphere of accommodation and catholicity of taste, that, as [Keith] Tuma says, avant-garde traditions might now exist alongside other traditions and that the work itself might properly 'leave its first coterie audience behind and enter the public sphere' without pretending that 'radical subversion of institutions or large-scale social change is likely to result.'"
-- John Matthias, ca. over TEN years ago, "British Poetry at Y2K," reprinted in his superb new book, Who Was Cousin Alice and Other Questions