IMAGINE THE GENERAL Secretary of the Shoe- makers’ Union suggesting we can now all sleep safe in our beds because the Prime Minister is being guided by a load of old cobblers …Well, it wouldn’t – would it? – be that far removed from poet Percy B. Shelley famously declaring that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” To which one can reply, “And a right good fist you’ve made of it, mate.” No wonder poets are held in low public esteem and command such modest circulation.

So the question we must face is, are too many poets contributing to Resurgence? Circulation is encouraging, ...


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