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?’
‘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