Charles North
The Threat of Poetry

From Tether 1, page 163:

“I’m sure that title sounds arch or worse. In fact, I mean it seriously, even literally. Having stewed for a long time—on my own as well as in collaboration with poet friends—over the seemingly inexhaustible wrongheadedness and narrowness of approach in dealing with poetry on the part of intelligent reviewers, critics, and ostensible publications of literary record, I was recently struck by the possibility that, rather than having to do merely with ignorance or insufficient experience or even taste, the root cause is an unacknowledged threat poetry represents to habits of mind which might be called the intellectual’s life’s blood: ways of thinking that work splendidly in a great many areas but fall down on the job when it comes to poetry.”


Tether 1, 2015
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