Monday, 21 June 2021

Jean Marc Ah-Sen : part five

What other poetry books have you been reading lately?

What’s funny is that despite my profound respect for it, I don’t really read new poetry anymore. I will take a look at buzz books year round, or the work of my friends, but I still find it pretty daunting. It’s a very intellectually taxing pastime, and the daily grind of life overtook my love of nourishment from abstraction I suppose. Basically, I don’t think I’m smart enough to keep up with it. The poets I tend to return to for whatever reason are the ones who had a very large impact on me growing up, or those who are able to speak to some sort of emotional reality I can share in, but carried to some limit-breaking intellectual frontier. I think that’s why I like Baudelaire and Belli. And I still think Lynn Crosbie’s Liar is just about the greatest thing ever. 

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