Niall O'Sullivan

high brow, low brow, none of that stuff in the middle

Should most poetry engage most people?

I was thinking about the Adrian Mitchell quote, “Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people” Adrian Mitchell was a very fine poet and human being, but I like this quote less and less the more I see it. Most people have little need for poetry, therefore, they’re going to ignore most […]

John Berryman: Dream Song 29

This performance of Dream Song 29 by John Berryman defies many of the metrics I have claimed make a good poetry reading: Dial down your intensity when performing in an intimate setting. Try to minimise distracting physical gestures and tics. Don’t drink too much before reading, in fact, try not to drink at all. For […]

New Article from Vice about Spoken Word

(originally posted on my tumblr ) I’ve always thought that the number one rule of poetry criticism is to not judge a poet by their commissions. This article from Vice starts off by throwing a critical light on a recent spate of Nationwide Building Society Ad commissions. It ends by being critical of poets advertising […]

Trumpigram, the poetic form for the post-truth era

I recently watched this video from The Nerdwriter on YouTube about the tweets of Donald Trump. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time if you haven’t already watched it. Part of its conclusions can be condensed to this: tweets from Donald Trump’s account that share links are probably composed by his staff. Tweets […]

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