D&G Poetry Lockdown Party – Number 19 – Eryl Gasper Dick

Hurrah, someone else asked me to answer a few questions for their own blog. Thus, I can share my own words here, without without having first tried to think of something to say. So, here are my answers to the questions: 1) What are your favourite three writers? 2) What’s your favourite place to visit in Dumfries and Galloway? and 3) Do you have any wise words about the current pandemic?

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D&G Poetry


How does one choose only three writers, yikes?! I’ve spent an absurd amount of time sifting through all the writers I love and thinking about why. In the end I decided all I can do is give you the three who are exerting an influence over my own writing at the moment. They are:

Kafka, for the way he seems to manage to combine tragedy and comedy in just about every sentence. Read ‘The Burrow’ for example. To me it’s a brilliantly apt metaphor for the kind of terrified person who puts security cameras and high fences around his/her house to protect all the useless stuff s/he’s amassed. You worry for the creature even as you think it incredibly foolish. If Kafka were born fifty or so years later I reckon he’d be a stand-up.

Proust, for the way he enables you to experience all the small…

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