Monday, November 12, 2012


"It seems that poets did exist, in Canada; they existed in small clumps, and even in schools… They denied belonging to these schools, and then attacked other poets for being in them; also they attacked the critics, most of whom were their fellow poets. They called one another scatological names; they wrote blurbs and reviewed one another’s books, stroking their friends and knackering their enemies, just as in literary histories about the eighteenth century; they pontificated and uttered manifestos; they fell upon the thorns of life; they bled."
-Margaret Atwood, from Negotiating with the Dead