Tuesday, 19 May 2009


Sylvia Plath, Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Berrigan, William S Burroughs, Arthur Rimbaud, Guillaume Apollinaire, Philip Larkin, Dylan Thomas, JH Prynne, William Blake, Anne Sexton, Robin Purves, Peter Manson, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Jennifer Moxley

Musicians: Bob Dylan, Frank Turner, Jim Morrison, Lou Reed

**I have only read one poem of Robin Purves (he was my tutor at University). It is called "Dio Calm." He is friends with Peter Manson, whom I've read, though I haven't met him. They are both Scottish.
Robin Purves showed me a Jennifer Moxley poem. She is an American from San Diego, California, and I've never met her.
I've been influenced by the beat poets, even learning beat rhythm, but mostly learning rhythm from different types of music.
Bukowski helps get rid of that pretentiousness you might get in poetry.
The French poets are good for their imagery, and I love good imagery and metaphor, I was even told to tone down my metaphors at uni. I especially love Plath's imagery and style.

I can't play music or write music very well. But I listen to it constantly. Rock, Jazz, Punk, Folk... Bob Dylan is great for poetry in songs.

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