My poetry roots come from a mix of the Beat poets, certain strands of contemporary performance poetry and to a certain extent the Brutalists. In other words it’s a bit of a mish mash though the emphasis is on lyricality and emotional honesty and rawness. It would be truest of all though to say that my main influence is the confessional wing of Young British Art, in particular Tracey Emin. I like art that reaches deep down inside the artist, wriggling under every layer of artifice to get to the red raw truth whatever that may be.
My solo show “Some Of These Things Are Beautiful” will be premiering at Cheltenham Poetry Festival on April 24th.
http://danholloway.wordpress.com (where you can download my current collection “i cannot bring myself to look at walls in case you have graffitied them with love poetry” for free)
http://eightcuts.com is a literary project I run that combines online exhibitions and spoken word shows
http://79ratpress.blogspot.com is my experimental publisher, launching 6 collections by new poets this June.
street smells and posters and paint and
uncanny rhythms through doorways
click through and scroll
the sprung limbs of our disappointments
gewgaws and whirligigs and astroturf and tar
concrete and candy and steel and the christmas sweat
of a woman with
acid skies etch the textures of jazz
she pours mojitos
we are the soft belly of an afterthought
stashed under ruffled underskirts
where her scent
is untouched by the cooling
drum and bass
delivering endless slow-tongued reproaches
through the jabbering of strangers