Christodoulos Makris was named as one of Poetry Ireland's 'Rising Generation' poets in 2016. His most recent publication is if we keep drawing cartoons (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016). His second book The Architecture of Chance (Wurm Press, 2015) was selected as a poetry book of the year by RTÉ Arena and 3:AM Magazine. He is co-curator of Phonica, a multidisciplinary series of events in Dublin, and the poetry editor of gorse. In his current practice he employs conceptual and appropriative processes as an investigation of the surge in digital communication and public writing. He has made algorithmic Twitter widget poetry, multi-lingual process poems through repeated use of Google Translate, and collaborations via public and private exchanges, among other digitally-produced work. His current work-in-progress explores anonymous and pseudonymous writing on the internet.
In ’87 Huey Lewis...
In '87 Huey Lewis & The News released Fore!, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is ‘Hip To Be Square,’ a song so catchy most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.
Thank you, Patrick.
Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83 I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humour.
That's funny, because The News (minus Lewis) were the backing band on My Aim Is True.
As far as I recall, only one of the News played on My Aim is True.
First published in Poetry Ireland 118 (2016)