Monday, 9 July 2018

Billeh Nickerson : part three

What poets changed the way you thought about writing?

Frank O’Hara and David Trinidad – for their queering and pop culture possibilities

Jordan Scott – for making me rethink and reconsider each syllable

Jordan Abel – for magnifying and isolating beyond simple narrative

Lorna Crozier – for craft and humour as well as her take on the confessional

I also remember quitting my job at McDonald’s and buying a copy of Margaret Atwood’s selected poems with my last pay cheque. I told her this once, but I don’t think she could get past the fact that I worked at McDonald’s. Lol. We were/are very different writers, but my younger self loved the way she acknowledged devastation and oddness.

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