Quoets for Poets: audience?

“Never use the word ‘audience.’ The very idea of a public, unless a poet is writing for money, seems wrong to me. Poets don’t have an “audience”: They’re talking to a single person all the time.”
–Robert Graves, from the Paris Review, The Art of Poetry No. 11

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10 thoughts on “Quoets for Poets: audience?

  1. He was writing before the internet, eh?
    Yes. I write for me (the audience of one). But also for anyone who may stumble across my writing out there some day in the information swamp.

  2. Yes…Maier. Perhaps there’s compulsion…that not to write or photograph isn’t a choice for them. I’m thinking (hoping) they knew their brilliance. Again, thank you for publishing the Graves quote to cause us to ponder.

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