Okay, I’ve read the whole book of poetry by Tony Harrison called Selected Poems. What a waste of time. Seriously, 250 pages of nothing but crappy poetry which sounds like something a teenager had written. Lots of swearing, politics, showing off how “smart” he is by throwing in other languages… and he came off as a little bit of a racist. And perverted. Really, why is he so fixated on sex? Lots of references to Africa and poverty and death too.
Now I’m not a big fan of poetry, but I know this much: That wasn’t any good. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is good, these aren’t.
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