Granted, Geraldine, that's a fair point. Please forgive my acerbic tone; it was, I admit, a knee-jerk
reaction. However, if, in his review of, as you call them, his personal poetry hot-spots of 2005,
Robert Potts had hinted anywhere at the existence of alternative poetries, it would have been quite
wrong of me to have criticised the article. But he didn't. What genuinely concerns me here is that
people 'outside' the poetry world - i.e. those rare beasts, readers - may read such an article
without the benefit of being able to see the wider picture beyond it. To briefly illustrate my point,
Ian McMillan's piece was an inclusive one, Robert Potts' exclusive. I know which angle I prefer,
both as a reader and a writer of poetry.