David McCooey is Poet of the Month

Published in 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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Published in May 2015, no. 371