Attila the Stockbroker

Attila RantingMy interview/profile piece on Brighton-based ranting poet and legendary punk-rock skeptic Attila the Stockbroker is up at the Poetry Foundation’s website.

Attila is, of course, the never-say-die torchbearer of Ranting Poetry, and the champion of two things I hold dear: Brighton & Hove Albion, and decent beer.

But more importantly for our purposes, he’s the self-described inheritor of a rich tradition of English rebel bards – the information superhighway hikers of the old oral tradition, and the talking-head partisan philosophers of a time when a well-turned phrase was more feared than a hefty pocketbook. The tradition, in other words, that provided a kind of CNN to the Old Weird Albion.

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