These are a few of my favourite things

So people can learn a bit about me and what might influence me.

These are in no real order, because I don’t feel particularly qualified to rank these amazing works.

Novels, Plays and Poetry:

  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Naïve. Super by Erlend Loe
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • Danton’s Death by Georg Büchner
  • Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow by Ted Hughes
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Beowulf by Who Knows
  • Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
  • The Rattle Bag: An Anthology of Poetry by Too Many Poets to Count
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • The Fall by Albert Camus

TV and Film:

  • QI (2003-)
  • Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish (2013-)
  • Gatchaman Crowds (2013-2015)
  • Swiss Army Man (2016)
  • Rick and Morty (2013-)
  • Adventure Time (2010-)
  • The Ghoul (1933)
  • Ghost in the Shell (1995)
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (2016)
  • The Great Dictator (1940)

Videogames:

  • Dark Souls
  • Warframe
  • 2064: Read Only Memories
  • VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
  • Ossuary
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Pokemon Sapphire
  • Stardew Valley
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Total War: Shogun 2
  • Night in the Woods

Bands and Musicians:

  • Of Monsters and Men
  • Milky Chance
  • The Riptide Movement
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • The Script
  • Demi Lovato
  • The Lumineers
  • Mumford & Sons

Other Things:

  • CrashCourse – Educational YouTube channel
  • My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi – Autobiographical Manga
  • Barry’s Tea – The best brand of tea and Ireland’s best export since Beckett or Yeats

 

Now that that’s out of the way, here is a poem about the game Dark Souls. The poem is from a time when I had to write a love poem, but didn’t feel like taking the task seriously. So I wrote about my abusive love-hate relationship with the game. The title is very appropriate. (The Souls games really aren’t as hard as people make them out to be)

 

A Strange Man’s Ode to Dark Souls

 

I ask myself why I can’t stay away

even though you treat me this way.

After every fight, I read a new item description

And come running back to re-embrace this affliction.

 

Every time we meet

we repeat the same feat.

You always end up hurting me

and sometimes you get beat.

 

I try in vain to break things off,

as when I sever a dragon’s tail –

yet you parry with an off-

hand gesture, and riposte me without fail.

 

You send me away, heart limping like Sif,

after a vicious combo like one off

Manus the Father of the Abyss.

All I needed was one cast to save myself – the spell was a miss.

 

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