And thirdly, I certainly do not assume that “…to express an attachment to the country need take the form of a bush ballad, that traditional verse is the only authentic mode of expression.” I simply expressed anger and dismay that such an apparently comprehensive anthology couldn’t find space for even one contemporary example of the genre. That’s what prompted the article. Would Sean, who took the time (which I also appreciate) to have a look at some examples from the ABPA website, seriously suggest that not even one poem from the anthology could have been dropped to make way for a traditional entry? I note his judgment that those he read “just don’t cut the mustard in terms of craft”, and would be interested to see him expand on this. Take “A Man Alone”, for example, the latest poem of mine to be posted. Exactly how does it fail to “cut the mustard in terms of craft”?
Don’t get me wrong. Going vegan for your health can be a great thing, but don’t do it because Forks Over Knives scared you into believing 1) all animal meat whatsoever causes cancer hands down, 2) we have evolved to the ability where you can get all of your nutrients from plants (B12, for instance; it’s kind of important), and 3) you can – and this is a shocking claim – reverse cancer, diabetes, and many other diseases at the ease of a healthy, vegan diet. The last I checked, if you have stage four lung cancer, a few carrots and a bite of an apple isn’t going to cure you.