In this age of instant gratification, is there still enough time for poetry's slow boil? The fact that you have found your way to this website, and are currently reading this editorial, means that poetry still has a role in modern culture, but to what extent has that role diminished? Have poetry readers become a niche audience?
When we sat down with Ian Gregson for our Issue #1 podcast, the marginalisation of poetry was a discussion point we kept returning to. At the beginning of the year, Ian had written an excellent article called 'Poetry is well and truly in the margins – will it ever get out?' for The Conversation (which you can read here). Poetry's slowness can be painstaking "when you’re used to googling for answers," Ian says, but he believes it also has the potential to be a solution to some of our current cultural problems – an antidote to our "collective attention deficit."
We also discussed Ian's own work and artistic influences – which range from music theory to stand-up comedy – and touched upon his recent nomination for the role of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.
We hope you enjoy this, our first 'proper' issue. Here's to many more.
Issue #1, October 2015
IAN GREGSON is a past recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, and his collection Call Centre Love Song was recently shortlisted for a Forward Prize. His work has been the subject of special features in Poetry Review, The Times, The TLS, Planet and The Guardian blog's ‘Poem of the Week’. His poems have also appeared in the London Review of Books, The Independent, and New Welsh Review (amongst others), and are featured on the Devolved Voices website. He has published two novels – Not Tonight Neil and The Crocodile Princess – and six critical monographs. He is Emeritus Professor in the English department at Bangor University.
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