[lit-ideas] Re: Poetry and Madness

  • From: "Steve Chilson" <stevechilson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 22:04:20 +0100

On Fri, 22 Sep 2006 12:26:51 -0700, "Lawrence Helm"
<lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx> said:
> You must first of all make up your mind that there is a difference
> between
> poetry and prose.  

The biggest difference between poetry and prose is that only poets
continue to get drunk and still write.  Many a great novelist has been
felled by the drink, the work is too involved and lengthy - yet poets
can be opium addicts, alcoholics, junkies - prose writers want to create
a story, poets want to create a moment.  One is easier to do drunk or
high than the other.

And then there's journalists...

  Steve Chilson

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