Quotation by Jeni Couzyn

That I am a poet in an age where the "unintellectual" (i.e., almost everybody) think of poetry as something they didn't like when they were at school, and the intellectual think it something the masses should be excluded from, is sad for me. This age has far too much reverence for poetry and too little respect—for by the same token it is very difficult indeed to earn a living from poetry.
Jeni Couzyn (b. 1942), South African poet; relocated to England. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980).
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