The man correcting our tongue-slip is Michael Pedersen, a familiar face on the Scottish poetry scene and one half of Neu! Reekie! - a literary, music and animation collective with an international output and regular nights across Scotland.
We're chatting to him at Electric Fields festival, where Neu! Reekie! have put on two full day-time line-ups across Friday and Saturday on a stage bearing their own name.
Now in it's fourth year at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, Electric Fields boasts a whole heap of both big-name musicians and poets, from headliners Frightened Rabbit to former Scottish makar Liz Lochhead, Band of Horses to British poetry royalty Hollie McNish and Glass Animals to a woman quite familiar with both forms of art, Kate Tempest.
The article-opening quote from Michael came after we had asked him how he set about putting together the bill for the Neu! Reekie! stage, at a weekend which while perhaps not a straight-up music festival, is certainly one that most punters turn up to with music in mind.
"We're very particular," he says. "So we've put on poets and artists that we know can go head to head with the musicians and who can win eardrums back from DJ-sounds spiralling into the back of our tent from elsewhere at the festival.
"We're sort of going to war with music today. Just between the hours of 13:00 and 18:00. Outside of that we're completely zen!"
"But aye, we're booking people who we know can handle these audiences and these crowds and this fluidity of audience, and people who we know can bring people in and get them to stay. We're armed to the teeth in this fight for your affection."
They certainly were. As well as the aforementioned Lochhead and McNish, Michael himself was reading poetry on the Neu! Reekie! stage alongside none other than Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit. Michael armed with his book, Scott with his guitar.
"It's a cliche but people are always coming in and saying 'I didn't really expect to like that' or 'where can I buy her book?' or 'I only meant to pop in and stay for 10 minutes but I ended up staying an hour'. We're taking people by surprise and that's the way we like it."
We can vouch for Michael's reasoning as well. A packed-out tent did indeed watch him read from his latest collection 'Oyster', which Michael describes as "a big, sexy book of poetry", and which is illustrated by Scott Hutchison, the Fightened Rabbit frontman.
"He's done illustrations throughout it and a cover wrap around it," Michael tells us. "I guess a lot of people don't know that Scott did illustration at art school. It's technically, in his words, the only thing that he's trained to do. So it's really nice to collaborate on something which is outside what he's commercially known for, and I think he relishes the opportunity to do it too."