Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Nicky Beer : part four

When you require renewal, is there a particular poem or book that you return to? A particular author?

I never plan on this, but I seem to pick up Charles Simic’s Dismantling the Silence every few years, and I always feel like I’m reading it for the first time. I think it’s a quintessential representation of the tension in his work: the push and pull between the beautiful and the grotesque, idealism and cynicism. It always does an excellent job of clearing the bullshit from my brain.

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