Tuesday, November 06, 2012

News at Eleven: The blunt, unmediated voice of an interviewee

certainly has the power to shock--'his eyes were sunk//and had rolled backwards--there was no brain left in there'--but the most effective, indeed affective, moments (and sadly they are all too rare) are those in which [Andrew] Motion unabashedly provides a poet's imaginative or interpretative counterpoint. The devastating explosion of a shell, for example, is ironically prefaced by the cheerful and unthreatening sound which marks the beginning of its descent: 'A soft siffle, high in the air like a distant lark,/or the note of a penny whistle, faint and falling'.

from Varsity: The Customs House--Andrew Motion


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