Its saturday morning and cooled down alot, here is my first choice of the day
BY: IRISH TIMES
WRITING IS in danger of being overvalued at the moment, Ireland’s new Professor of Poetry, Dublin-born poet Harry Clifton said last night.
Speaking at the announcement of his appointment as Ireland Professor of Poetry 2010 in Dublin, the 58-year-old said he would protect the sanctity of the mythical poet’s teaching room from “the kind of people who have too strong an agenda”.
Mr Clifton had spoken after Taoiseach Brian Cowen announced his appointment. The Taoiseach said the arts had a big role to play in getting Ireland “back on track”.
“Ireland is a brand,” Mr Cowen said. “We must connect with that brand now and use it to give us the competitive advantage in a globalised world that is increasingly the same.”
Mr Clifton warned that if the “mythical room” was opened too much to the “university ideologue, the modulariser, the smurfitiser, the harvardiser”, the space would become “no more than a crush of market forces where the human mind becomes a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder”.