Is Poetry Less Literary Than a Novel?
Angie Schiavone in The Brisbane Times has an article on The Arrival, a book by illustrator Shaun Tan, which has taken top honours at the New South Wales Premier’s Awards.
Tan, along with other award recipients at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, was asked, to give a reading from his book. “I think I’ll just say ‘talk amongst yourselves,”‘ he joked before the event, because his 128 page book, The Arrival, does not contain one word of text.
Illustration is not often seen as literature, but of those who argue that a book without words is unworthy of literary acclaim, Tan asks: “How many words does something have to have before it becomes literature? Is poetry less literary than a novel?”
You can catch an online preview of some pages. ‘Through a series of connecting images, it tells the story of an anonymous migrant leaving some unfortunate circumstances in his home country, crossing an ocean to a strange new city, and learning how to live there.’
Thanks to The Kenyon Review blog for the pointer