Monday, February 21, 2011

Australian Poetry

I've been studying the defences of poetry In English from Sir Philip Sidney to the present day, wading through the remarkable sludge of silliness that characterises them: bad history, wish fulfillment, ludicrous claims, a willful refusal to deal with poetry as the sum total of poems, poets as the people who produce them or the world as it is. Why this nonsense has ever been given credence is a fascinating question in itself.

So it's great to see we have a national body to support poetry in Australia, but why does it have to open with a claim like this:

Australian Poetry’s vision is to excite all Australians about Australian poetry and poets

ALL Australians? anything that excites All Australians.