Banksy

Inspirations #5 What’s this? He’s not even a poet! He’s the worst example of style over substance, of dumbed down culture, complex issues boiled down to a photogenic one liner. Just look at his Walled Off Hotel, in Bethlehem. OK, yes, this is a blog with caveats, but I am a big admirer of his…

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

Inspirations #4 The headline for me here is this – I listen to dls vs sp, and it inspires me to write. It’s a trigger for me. They don’t inspire me in a “well, they look pretty ordinary, so if they can, I can” kind of way; it’s more that their words are the first domino…

Nineteen Eighty Four

Inspirations #3 I love this book. I bought it with a book voucher that I got as a school prize when I was 14, and I’ve read the print off of it. I love the concept, the ideas, the characters, the blend of realism and science fiction. I really, really love this book. That isn’t why…

Andrew Waterhouse

Inspirations #2 “Twenty (including double word score)”. Now that’s a title for a poem. You can gather in the flavour of the poem just from those five words; the style, the playfulness of the language, the Britishness at the heart of what is to follow. It’s Scrabble. It’s going to have restraint, it’s going to…

Charles Bukowski

Inspirations #1 Charles Bukowski is one of my principle inspirations when it comes to poetry; not particularly for his fractured personal life, the drinking, the races or his attitudes towards sex and women- although if you read Bukowski then you can’t ignore any of these things. His poems are firmly rooted in the bars, the tracks, the bedrooms and the streets. The language is rough, the form…