>john..... how do the following statements from your article 'promote'
>'Australian poets don't need an industry, they need to recognise that
>difference is desirable. I often wonder what poets read when they get home
>at night; there is so much animosity between poets here that I doubt they
>even glance at the work of other Australian writers.'
>i found the presumptions here rather offensive and disappointing......
i recall listening to John at the melbourne writer's festival, & he
expressed amazement at poets who confessed that they didn't read other
poets. this he stated after referring to Gig Ryan's comment that John uses
his influences as an 'amulet'. this paragraph seems an extension of those
what's that o'hara poem where he says 'i read because i'm a writer'?
reason enough for me.