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Is poetry a world of gangs and bullies?

Neil Astley of Bloodaxe was once described as 'less an editor than a lightening rod or a wind sock' (is that a criticism, then?).

In his 2005 StAnza lecture last month he claimed that the 'poetry police' are out of touch with grassroots readership and are 'censoring' new poetry - particularly from ethnic minorities and women.

The Guardian has rounded up responses from eleven leading poets including Moniza Alvi, who questions the lack of critical response to Choman Hardi's 'accomplished and important' first collection.

What do you think?
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posted by Anonymous Deaniep at 1:19 am

I think any first collection is a bugger to get reviewed or any attention. Rather than all this wind and guff, I would prefer it if they printed poems. The whole point is, is that they never dare display the poems for fear that the public will run away with their arms in the air, screaming. I hate wasting words on editors or the politics of poetry. Leave it to the poems. Best words, best order.    



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