The apple-stars have gently dropped to earthAnd settled in the trees, stars you can tasteWhich shine on tongues in the night-time of the mouth;As he and she make love there isA fresh apple-smell on their breathWhich grows an orchard in their house through which they walkAs one and freely pluck and eat the starry juices.
—Peter Redgrove, from “Eve’s Apple.” Art: Albrecht Dürer

The apple-stars have gently dropped to earth
And settled in the trees, stars you can taste
Which shine on tongues in the night-time of the mouth;
As he and she make love there is
A fresh apple-smell on their breath
Which grows an orchard in their house through which they walk
As one and freely pluck and eat the starry juices.

Peter Redgrove, from “Eve’s Apple.” Art: Albrecht Dürer

New statistics—the Guardian calls them not “shocking” but “‘shocking’”—suggest that “the number of authors able to make a living from their writing has plummeted dramatically over the last eight years, and that the average professional author is now making well below the salary required to achieve the minimum acceptable living standard”… So why are authors undervalued? If they’re “reluctant to see what they do as a real job, deserving of a real salary, then who can blame the public for taking advantage of their work? … In the dark old days, the storyteller always had the best place by the campfire. Those days may be gone, but the power of story remains.”
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New statistics—the Guardian calls them not “shocking” but “‘shocking’”—suggest that “the number of authors able to make a living from their writing has plummeted dramatically over the last eight years, and that the average professional author is now making well below the salary required to achieve the minimum acceptable living standard”… So why are authors undervalued? If they’re “reluctant to see what they do as a real job, deserving of a real salary, then who can blame the public for taking advantage of their work? … In the dark old days, the storyteller always had the best place by the campfire. Those days may be gone, but the power of story remains.”

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.