Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Carl Phillips - Letters to a Young Poet ---- Leviathan in the Sun: Les Murray Ishion Hutchinson
Courting Danger Carl PhillipsLetters to a Young Poet
At one point in his Letters to a Young Poet, Rilke addresses the poet's anxiety about solitude - specifically, the way in which solitude has allowed the poet to spend more time thinking about self-doubts, life's insecurities, and a general fear and helplessness in the face of what seems unknowable. Rilke suggests that it is precisely in these moments of fear that we, in a sense, get closest to life itself, to a reality of life that is indeed frightening, namely, that it is everywhere unpredictable, and that unpredictability, if we look at it squarely, belies the emptiness - the falseness, at least - of our desire to construct a life that consists of pattern, routine, reliability.
Leviathan in the Sun: Les Murray Ishion HutchinsonOn Writers
I first read Hamlet in Jamaica. The bleak daylight surrounding my high school Happy Grove was like the faded glow of an old photograph. Rain was expected; it never came. There might've been thunder, or that could just have been the pages turning in unison.