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Robert Montgomery: “I tend to like the pathetic”

April 9, 2014

Robert, do you think combining poetry with art is the only way a poet can make a living these days?

(Laughs) T.S. Eliot wrote “The Waste Land,” which is in my view unarguably the most important poem of the twentieth century and the guy still had to have a day job. It’s horrible. Poets have been really underpaid. I’d like to have a go at campaigning for poets to be paid a living wage. You should be able to make money publishing poetry books just like making records.

Writing songs is kind of the modern version of poetry anyways.

You can actually learn a lot from studying the way lyric writers write. Have you ever seen Tom Waits on the Letterman show?

No, but there is a great video of him on an Australian Talk Show where you can tell that Heath Ledger used him as

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