Why shut poets out of the Man Booker Prize?

<p>Anthony Haynes</p><p>Supposedly, poetry is in crisis (like farming, it always is) and in need of greater "support" (i.e. subsidies). "These are bleak times to be a new poet. At the major presses, the accountants are in charge and poetry is virtually banned&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. The few presses left are underfunded and understaffed." These words were spoken by the poet and academic David Morley in 2002. The same feeling persists today. But there were no good grounds for lament then, and neither are there any now.</p><p>Bloodaxe, Carcanet and Enitharmon collectively publish at the rate of t...

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