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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Let me tell you why I’m going to blog

My name is Ryan. I enjoy reading, and I’m quite into poetry. I’m even studying English at Uni right now. It was through a poetry assignment that I found out I possibly have a talent for writing poetry (since my poetry portfolio got full marks without any bribery). So I decided I’d give a career in poetry a go. And having an online presence is meant to be pretty important for writers nowadays.

So I decided I’d blog, and share poems every now and then when I’m not entering some in competitions in the hopes of getting major publicity. Since every poetry competition seems to require submissions to be brand-spanking new, having never seen the light of day before, I’ll probably share a lot of stuff that has either been rejected or just feels unenterable. But here’s one of the poems that got me a good grade in Uni:

 

Carry Your Dead and Walk On

 

Don’t put your life on hold

Stand tall and walk on

For the dead are never truly gone

Those memories still exist to be told

Don’t drown in your grief

Though your life’s gotten tougher

Loved ones above will sigh with relief

When we learn to put one foot in front of another

Don’t give into despair

Be bold even when fate is unfair

Live life enough for two or three or four or more

Take your fallen with you, and charge out the door

Share stories with other friends

Comical ones to make them chortle

To replace the sorrow with smiles

When you remember these important people