“[Poets should] aim to engage with ordinary people much more. But I think poetry has rather connived at its own irrelevance […] I’d like to see some sort of inquisition in which poets were called to account for their poetry and they had to appear before a panel of ordinary people to explain why they chose to write about the particular subject they chose to write about.” (Jeremy Paxman)
I therefore volunteer to stand before Paxo’s inquisition of ordinary people who haven’t discovered the luxury of wordplay. Bring it on. Anything is better than the suffering silence of indignation that greets a writer.