Nick Cave has revealed some of his most loved poets while in conversation with his fans.
Cave, who was answering questions via his new fan led platform Red Right Hand Files, detailed his commitment to poetry and described it “part of my job as a songwriter” before adding “I try to read, at the very least, a half-hour of poetry a day, before I begin to do my own writing”.
He added: ” It jimmies open the imagination, making the mind more receptive to metaphor and abstraction and serves as a bridge from the reasoned mind to a stranger state of alertness, in case that precious idea decides to drop by.”
One of Cave’s fans, Astrid from Los Angeles, asked if the Bad Seeds frontman would be able to narrow down some of the poets that mean the most to him. “I have a few poets that, purely on a personal level, always delight and are a simple pleasure to read. There are enough surprises within their writing to keep the mind light and alive,”
A selection of Nick Cave’s favourite poets:
E. E. Cummings
W. B. Yeats
W. H. Auden
Below is Nick Cave’s full answer to his fans: