Sunday, 23 May 2021

Neil Surkan : part four

What poets changed the way you thought about writing?

The list will expand till I die. A taster: 

Michael Hofmann, for sourness. How sourness can be productive. The joy in sourness. 

Ange Mlinko, for jubilant complexity. How an image can emerge from the periphery. 

Franz Wright, for the nexus of despair and prayer. How praying can be ominous. 

Susan Mitchell, for savoury precision. How a familiar idea can be breathtakingly refreshed when said just-so.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, for those tangles of phrase, those double negatives, that make my head feel like there are ants in it. How such phrases must be earned. How such phrases can be earned.


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