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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 4. 1964.

Poet Replies

Poet Replies


What the blazes is Mr. Rowlands talking about? His reviewing is callow in the extreme. To say Hilaire Kirkland's poetry is like Chinese poetry is really to do no more than say it is like Afghan or Urdu poetry. Who does he think he's kidding, slinging the bull that way?

As for Barry Southam's opening sentence. I can guarantee to do Mr. Rowlands' trick with it to any prose writer of note he cares to name. It may be a sniggery nitwitticism, but is hardly reviewing, and certainly doesn't negate Mr. Southam's work it merely shows Mr. Rowlands has a tendency to think in terms of advertising copy, which, since he slings around generalisations, is perhaps not surprising. Has he missed his metier?

As for my lack of implicit belief, I was not aware that my sonnet had to bear the awesome weight of a Second Coming. Surely one coming in a sonnet is enough?

Isn't there somebody who knows something about literature who could review Argot for you?

Yours, etc.,

Richard Packer.