Monday, October 03, 2005

Poets don't drive, you know

They don't. Show me a poet who can drive and I'll show you a bad poet. This is my response to my wife who is trying to get me, at my advanced age, to take driving lessons on the basis that, since we live in Misty Hollow Brigadoonshire, it would make the quality of our life inestimably better for us and our small children if both of us could drive. She puts forward a good argument but luckily I have Martin Amis on my side who wrote an essay on the subject. The only exception to the 'good poets don't drive' rule is Philip Larkin, but Amis implies Larkin's creativity began to dry as soon as he got behind a steering wheel.

3 comments:

The Muse said...

Douglas Dunn allegedly agrees with this....

Stu said...

I'm a poet & I don't drive. But I don't drive because I'm a poet in the same way that I'd drive if I was not a poet. Didn't Bilbo Baggins say something along these lines at his eleventy-first birthday party? Douglas Dunn never drove anywhere because his wives have had driving licenses. As have all my ex-girlfriends, & current one. But what about Willie Neill? Mind you, he learned to drive in 1879, years before he began writing about badgers in the wood.

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