To announce the Forward Prize shortlists, Jeremy Paxman talks about the perception of poetry

www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/01/jeremy-paxman-poets-engage-ordinary-people-forward-prize



Katy Evans-Bush
has written the following in reaction:

http://baroqueinhackney.com/2014/06/02/paxman-poets-and-the-pellety-nest/



George Szirtes
also has a few words to say on the matter

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/02/jeremy-paxman-poetry-newsnight

 

A reply from Memphis Barker in the Independent

www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/poetry-should-readers-be-trying-harder



Howard Jacobson
has his say in the Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/why-should-poets-engage-with-ordinarypeople-they-dont-exist-9499712.html

 

Martin Newell adds his take on the subject

http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/480958/Martin-Newell-Harsh-words-for-dire-poets