Time gets expensive in very rich societies. In prosperous societies, poetry takes too much time.
Click play to listen. Recorded on November 2, 2003.
Two talented men of letters discuss the role of “filthy lucre” in their work and in their writing lives. Poetry Magazine editor Christian Wiman and Michael Lewis reveal how much one actually gets paid for a line of poetry or New York Times Magazine cover article and debate whether poetry even has a market in the US. How should the arts interact with the market economy? Should rules of supply and demand operate the same way they do in the sale of more tangible products? Wiman and Lewis mull it over.