26.4.11

PJ Harvey on Pinter, Joyce and Yeats

Music star Polly Jean Harvey shares her love of literature
PJ Harvey
To promote her new album, Let England Shake, PJ Harvey discusses her life and influences with The Observer's Dorian Lynskey. Among the topics of conversation are Pinter, Joyce, Yeats and the role literature plays in Harvey's life (link via Susan Tomaselli):
"Pinter leaves me speechless. Just unbelievable. A poem like 'American Football' or 'The Disappeared'. TS Eliot of course. Ted Hughes. WB Yeats. James Joyce." She leans forward, freshly excited. "Just that feeling of reading something profound and having your breath quite literally taken away by the end of a piece. I'm reading John Burnside's poems at the moment. Do you know his work? I'm getting that feeling – just reaching the end of every poem, going 'Oh my God!'" She clutches her chest and laughs. "And all of these writers offer me a greater understanding of what it is to be alive, and that is such an incredible thing art can do for other people. It made me want to try and get close to this strange, mysterious thing that people can do with words." [Read more]
Source: Dorian Lynskey, 'PJ Harvey: 'I feel things deeply. I get angry, I shout at the TV, I feel sick', The Observer, 24 April 2011