What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:
Reviewed: Max Dunbar on Theodore Dalrymple’s Second Opinion
Interviewed: A conversation between Darran Anderson & Adelle Stripe:
In terms of music, I know it’s an important influence on your writing too Adelle; your poem about Robert Wyatt Solar Flares Burn For You springs to mind. It’s strange that people separate poems from songs to begin with, back in the days of Blake or Brecht or Yeats as you mentioned (James Joyce sang Yeats’ wonderful Who Goes with Fergus? to his dying little brother and Christy Moore does a great cover of Yeats’ The Song of Wandering Aengus) they were pretty much one and the same. Now they’re like Siamese twins that have been detached and one has grown big and fat and the other has kind of shrivelled. I think it’s the same for yourself but I’m not sure there’s a poet alive who writes better lyrics than say Leonard Cohen, Jarvis Cocker, Rennie Sparks or Shane MacGowan and that’s only a handful for that matter. Tom Waits is the big one for me, I listened over and over to Rain Dogs and The Pogues’ Rum, Sodomy and the Lash and thought if these guys can make albums this fucked up and beautiful, just head for the scrapheap and try out everything they find there, why don’t people try the same with poetry? Why not write a sea shanty? Or a lullaby? Or a carnival tune? All these possibilities open up.
First posted: Sunday, December 20th, 2009.