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April 23rd, 2009


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09:29 pm - The other pirates
Specialist Subject: The Bleedin' Obvious. "A report from the BI Norwegian School of Management has found that those who download music illegally are also 10 times more likely to pay for songs than those who don't."

Of course, with different technology it has always been that way.

And I feel the same about quoting works in blogs: I don't believe it ever detracts from sales. I think it was Wendy Cope - whom I love by the way - who complained about people quoting her poems online. But every piece of her work is an advert for her books. Everything she writes is out there, persuading people she's worth reading.

Ian McMillan in the Guardian points out that today is Death day for poets: Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Cervantes, Henry Vaughan, and Rupert Brooke all died on this day.

I went out for a drink today with someone who might publish some of my poetry - we will see. I don't want to say too much. I mentioned it before in an f-locked post. It was lovely to sit and talk about poems for a while with someone who reads them very thoroughly and with great interest, because obviously that sort of talk is usually online.

He recommended the poets Alice Oswald and Jackie Kay. I don't know them at all. The thing is, I'm really so ignorant about modern writing.

And anyway, that brings me back to where I began which is that it's text online and copies and illicit readings which is likely to make me find out about the poetry that I like. I'm not sure whether writers of novels would feel that way - the whole relationship between the work and the artefact is different. I don't think I'd want to read a novel from any kind of dubious download, though a short story - yes.

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From:gylfinir
Date:April 23rd, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Alice Oswald's work is amazing; I'm a big fan. I've just bought her latest two works, and received a CD of her reading 'Dart'; it's powerful stuff.
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From:communicator
Date:April 23rd, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
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I was recommended Dart and The Thing in the Gap... something something (I can't read his handwriting). No doubt it will all become obvious when I trawl about tomorrow. Too sleepy now.
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From:gylfinir
Date:April 23rd, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
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That would be The Thing in the Gap-stone Stile (her first collection, I believe). You might also be interested in this article.
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From:communicator
Date:April 23rd, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Thank you gylfinir. There is so much published, and it's hard to know where to start.
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From:gylfinir
Date:April 23rd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
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You're very welcome. I would definitely start with Dart: enjoy!
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From:kalypso_v
Date:April 23rd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Jackie Kay is on Radio Four a lot. You might recognise her voice.
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From:watervole
Date:April 24th, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
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It's always worth doing the research. What is 'bleedin obvious' sometimes turns out not to be.
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From:communicator
Date:April 24th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
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True, true. Also worth doing to drill the point home to the music industry executives with their narrow perspective.

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