Selling the Poet?
We considered Chris Hamilton Emery’s view this week that the public buys poets not poetry. We looked at the text that he recommends: Erving Goffman’s The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Some of you seemed to think that the selling and marketing of poetry was inevitable, while others seemed to disagree. The point of contention seemed to be whether marketing is a means of communicating with an audience or a gaudy publicity machine giving way to media values of sex and immediacy.
Take a look at this piece by Neil Astley: http://www.newstatesman.com/200610230043 In The New Statesman Astley suggests that making poetry accessible to the masses is important. What do you think? Compare this with views expressed by poetry publishers in The Argotist’s feature