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)
- Dark Souls
- 2064: Read Only Memories
- VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
- 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
- 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.