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Poetry and film

My two favourite media. My two favourite films are Jacques Tati’s Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot and Aki Kaurismäki’s La vie de bohème.

Poetry is no more a vocation than good health is.
Boris Pasternak Dr Zhivago

I started writing poetry when I was 11 and haven’t stopped yet. Marilyn Hacker and Zbigniew Herbert were early influences; Geoffrey Hill and August Kleinzahler more recent ones.

I particularly admire Christopher Logue’s retelling of The Iliad. Recently I came across collections by New Yorker Kate Light, hard to find but worth looking out for.

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