Damien Rodgers, the director of Poetry in Voice, gives an incredibly tight response to a question many of us who make art are frequently asked. ‘What is the value of your work?’

Another way to put it might be: ‘What do you think a poet’s “job” is?’

Rodgers says, in this interview on the Poetry in Voice website

‘In our culture, it’s a radical act to commit to living in a state of attention. I think poets work very hard to stay awake, and to speak with integrity, to sing their own note as clearly as possible.’

What do you think?

Image: Dipika Kohli / Phnom Penh 2016

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January 12, 2020

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