Don Paterson: ‘Poetry often involves obsessive personalities’

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jan/07/don-paterson-poetry-often-involves-obsessive-personalities-toy-fights?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

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Poetry is unlike other art forms because you can’t really do it for a living. It seems more a helpless disposition. I always think poetry may be one corner of a larger syndrome. It often involves obsessive and addictive personalities – and mental illness. Most poets can’t drive a car and the ones who do drive shouldn’t.

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