T of other ambitions that leave me dissatisfied I have to remind "Myself Of ThisMy Mum " of thisMy to take on other people s moods when she was with her extended family her accent changed She came home one day and was talking to my dad and he said cheekily And how is your sister without nowing where she d been that day and she went off in a
Mood Because That S Who She D Been With She because that s who she d been with She to say I m scum me I m fae the gutter Fae is working class for from They couldn t afford all the letters in those days or some shit well darling I wouldn t Naufrgio De Seplveda know raises martini She also used to say Your father i Having read most of Andy s later poetry books where the main themes are to do with anti fascism and the like it was refreshing to read this double bill which focuses on the author s personal world at a specific time in his lifeThe Artist tells the story of a relationship betw I think this collection is some of Andy s early work and it does feel a bit rougher around the edges than recent releases he also hasn t got his anti fascism theme yet As with his other work though it is a very honest collection he deals with love lost love lost friends Crohn s disease and why he is a poet He mentions that he isn t like Bukowski he isn t such a scumbag but in Overtime you can see that same dedication to his artFourteen hour shiftsa day it s great beinga barman OH YEAHInowthis is not what I m supposedto bebut I can t get an eighthour jobnor do I want oneI ve been doing thissince I was nineteenand drinkinghas become a thingto see me throughI get a little scaredwhat I might end upas surebut then I drinkand dedicate what s leftof my timeto fill up my notebookwith these wordsand I start to believethat there s somethingout theresomething My favourite in this book has to be the one about his Dad and his crazy collection of food My Dad s Got Food and Other Stuff if You re Interested being bonkers like all good DadsFinally another great moment was his homage to the greatest action movie of all time Commando I loved that movie as a id my parents would never buy the VHS tape for me as it was too violent but they were happy to rent it for me every couple of months from the local video rental store I used to love going there to see how close I could get to the xxx section before I got spottedThanks to Andy for writing this collection and for the trips down memory lane off to find a copy of commando nowBlog review. Ing love poem. Absolutely loved this bookWhat I love about Andy Carringtons poetry is that he speaks from the heart and Says it like it isIf their was an option for ten stars i would give itVery highly recommendedThank you to Andy Carrington for this book it was really appreciatedI just need a magic dusting fairy now so that I can eep reading thisWonderful book I liked this a lot That s all you need to now But if you see me rambling as per the below that s like maximum like Because I have so much other stuff to do I can
T BE WRITING STUFF THIS LONG be writing stuff this long But I ve been compelledMr Carrington sent me
The Daily Fail last year and I enjoyed his brand of political vitriol Daily Fail last year and I enjoyed his brand of political vitriol is a well honed rage but I also wanted access to the full range of the poet s emotional spectrum Turns out I was just late to the party and what I wanted was in another book he d already written so I shoulda just shut up So here it is thenSome hilarious lines which are somehow disconnected from the scene both poetry and an examination of the creative impulse There s something abouthaving sexand writing about itthat does wondersfor my ego even though sometimesI don t like himand can t control himtruth is he s thereand suppressing himis far from healthyFourteen hour shifts a day it s great being a barman OH YEAH I also feel like I have a greater understanding of what Carrington chooses to write poetry about In certain moments he chooses to capture in this book there s also a doubt as to what really is important and if it is important what you re supposed to take from it anyway And maybe also if poetry necessarily has to lend itself to profound emotions or whether or not simple unexpected joys hold just as much weight we sat up till the early hours of the morning in our underwear drinking cheap ros and randomly listening to Sting Those were the moments I seem to remember most it was never really about the sex or even the love but the way we could just be ourselves and never really think too much about it Some really wonderful ambiguous lines I had to read a few times agreeing with them even although I didn t unpick their meaning I spent many of my nightswrapped in her bed sheetstaking isses on the neckand my inner thighsfeeling unfaithful to the womenof my future that I was yet to meetI certainlyaren t prettyenough to makethe bitcheslove mefor who I am The most tension I find in writers is their inability to accept that they re. Was never any.
Andy Carrington ´ 9 summaryJust a person They are not the Monumental Giants From Their Past That They giants from their past that they years decades perhaps trying to imitate But those giants were just people too Then there s the continual anxiety writers feel about whether or not they have anything to say worth listening toI just put down a book on writing because it did that thing I m so frustrated with the author who pretends their past is any interesting than anyone else s I was
reading name name and name and telling stories to name namename name and name and telling stories to name name name It s like everyone seems to assert that the guy who s read the most nows the most Although frankly I think if you re inhaling books there s something obscene about that that you inevitably lower your respect for each individual book Same as telling too many stories If you write a new short story a week and pick the best ones do you really give that much of a fuck about any of them Shouldn t there be some stakes involved A feeling of This has to work this has to work From the reader s perspective the text tells you all you need to now about the uality but writers have to ask themselves this stuff If I read too many books I feel sick Writers reading loads can be a sacrifice somehow that they go beyond their normal civilian reading limits for the sake of improving their craft Anyway Now I can see the trajectory of Carrington s poetry and it s refreshing in a way Not an intellectual nor a scumbag like Bukowski An angry self mutilating prick maybe it all depends on the time of day reallyMost days it s safe to say life is typical and mundane but I guess that s just how it s meant to be for many of us who re living in this worldHe addresses every writer s failing to fully understand themselves and in so failing never being able to address anything with absolute authority Every writer has to address this central uestion somehow and now I understand Carrington s answer poetry is his medium but introspection doesn t necessarily seem to be his favourite thing Also he embraces the whole of who he is in these poems without veering in the opposite direction into the writer as personaI am also fascinated by class division I grew up middle class but my parents were both from working class backgrounds My dad continues to live the best possible life he could ve thought to build it seems and it also appears that I m on the course for the same type of adulthood but I m still filled with an exhaustive amoun. Good at writ. .