Tim Love: A Fairy Tale

Once upon a time the good poets realised that they weren't good at Public Relations. This made them sad, because although they didn't write for the public, they wanted to be read. When some young poets showed a flare for PR, the good poets sold more books, so they didn't criticise the young poets unless it was in some learned journal that hardly anyone read. In return, whenever the young poets were asked who their favourite poets were, they mentioned the good poets though they never read them. In this way the good poets widened their readership and the young poets gained respectability. The only losers were those members of the public who believed what they read in the papers, but that sort always lose out anyway, so none of the poets felt guilty about the conspiracy, and they all lied happily ever after.