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Peter Robinson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789622539

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789622539.001.0001

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Poetry & Money

Peter Robinson

Liverpool University Press

Poetry & Money begins with a moment in a creative writing seminar when the question of value in a piece of writing, and in the creative and critical activities being undertaken, is suddenly challenged by being related to a monetary cost. The questions of value and trust raised, which will be recurrent throughout, are identified with reference to Wallace Stevens’s ‘Imagination as Value’ and Bernard Williams’s Truth and Truthfulness. They are then adumbrated by considering a reference to a payment for magazine publication in a poem by W. S. Graham. Economic pressures in poetry publishing are further illustrated by looking at the publication of a book of poems translated from Jean-Joseph Rabéarivelo in the 1970s. Ideas concerning poetry’s role and social value, as expressed in two poems by Roy Fisher written a few years earlier, are then explored.

Keywords:   value, cost, trust, payment, publishing, use, Roy Fisher, W. S. Graham, Jean-Joseph Rabéarivelo, John Wilkinson

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