Monday, 24 April 2000

From a letter to the Chicago Review

by Peter Riley.

But as it [poetry that developed through Cambridge in the 1960s and 70s] spreads and diversifies I find there are also worrying signals about what is happening to it, as if some people are stressing as central what were marginal or tentative positions, or not in the act at all, and most worryingly of all, acceding to directives from "the times." (We used to think in our humble way that poetry was one of the forces which created the times.)

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