David McCooey is Poet of the Month

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May 2015, no. 371

David McCooey is Poet of the Month

Reviewed by
May 2015, no. 371

WHICH POETS HAVE MOST INFLUENCED YOU?

Countless contemporary Australian poets, Tomas Tranströmer, Weldon Kees, Elizabeth Bishop. I could go on, but it’s not just poets. I would love to write a poem as ‘poetic’ as Michelangelo Antonioni’s films. I wish I could be as funny as Pierre Étaix. And there is the fiction of Tove Jansson or Lydia Davis. And I’ve listened to Brian Eno for thirty-five years, which must have had an effect. (While Eno isn’t really known for his lyrics, I love the lyrical minimalism of songs like ‘By This River’).

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