4 thoughts on “The Unbearable Lightness of Verse 1

  1. Steve Simpson

    I fear there are slippery slopes everywhere, Jim, and there is one aspect that really gets my goat 🙂 (sorry if I mentioned this before). That is when a group X states or implies that they cannot be understood or appreciated or written about or whatever by anyone who is not a member, i.e., simply because that human doesn’t belong to X. It’s not that it’s divisive, but it denies the very best of humanity, our capacity to empathise and relate to others, a capacity that many great humans have demonstrated through the centuries. Off soapbox now …

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    1. sdtp33 Post author

      Couldn’t agree more, Steve…there is an ongoing debate in Canada about cultural appropriation, for example, if I was to write a poem from the point of view of, say, an indigenous person, or write a short story about an indigenous community that would be criticised as cultural appropriation whereas the only judgement should be whether it is good writing or not. I’m all for political correctness but sometimes there is a totalitarian edge to it…..harrumph!

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