Archive for October, 2012

A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start 
arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. - Rushdie

Apso was invited to attend a Tibetan poetry reading session last weekend. But
I couldn't make it, or to be honest, I wasn't keen to be part of it. Apso has 
a bad taste in his mouth when it comes to poetry composed by Tibetan exiles; 
I feel our poets are not reflective enough. So I sent my comrade and kindred 
spirit, a stray mongrel visiting from the city, to represent me at the reading.
Here's what the bitch had to say: 

'I know that Apso hates hegemony and careerism but we both wholeheartedly agree that 
creativity and expression are important and should be encouraged. There is no doubt
that writing and performing one's work requires creativity, courage and effort. 
However, Tibetan exiles need more of the Orwellian 'demon' and 'struggle'; poetry, 
like politics, cannot be about repetition or self-promotion. The Indian media are 
complicit in the delusion too, reporting it in way that made me think I had gone to 
a different event! As Osbert Sitwell said:

'Poetry is like fish: if its fresh, it's good; if its stale, it's bad; and if you're not
certain, try it on the cat.' 

I'm no pesky cat but I can generally smell a rotten fish!'

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