In this second instalment of our Summer School mini-series, Richard Scott’s questions are answered by Rishi Dastidar, tutor of our upcoming course ‘The Minimum Viable Poem‘.
Richard: Tell me about a piece of visual art which you love and that might inspire or has inspired a poem . . .
Rishi: Mondrian’s ‘Victory Boogie Woogie’, for its rhythm, it’s sizzle, the fact that I can see the life of a city in it, from above, and all energy and hustle… and its colours take me back to playing with Lego when I was younger. My ‘Arguing with Mondrian about space’ came from it.
Richard: The last great poem which you read was . . .
Richard: An essential piece of advice that someone once gave you and you have never forgotten . . .
Rishi: Not gave, but that I stole from the film critic David Thomson: “…in the great and continuing crisis of life, try to behave with wit and style.”
This interview is also published by our partners Obby.