Title: Ludicrous Aesthete
By: David Berridge
Publisher: Blart Books
In each David Berridge poetry collection I come across, he manages to experiment in new ways, and bring different ideas to the fore-front of the reader’s brain. His work is a growing comment on the versatality of the English language. In ‘Ludicrous Aesthete’, Berridge’s tireless approach to finding new ways to look at the world pays off; creating a chaotic, yet also carefully controlled collection.
Verses stutter accross the page in uneven patterns. This untidy approach allows for the individual words to have maximum impact; as there are no needlessly fancy techniques that could distract the reader from their meaning. The voices Berridge uses have a definate fondness for both words and poetry and living a poetic life; yet they look with contempt at the over-analysis of poetry that is found as part of the academic world.
Berridge also describes how poetry and other attempts to be creative can be futile. Along with this goes the aesthetic life that Harold Acton and other writers have previously promoted.
Berridge comments on the process of creating work and how procrasination and life, aesthetic or not, can interrupt this process. “this won’t even be the desire to write such a poem if I/ was the right age and all the constellations of self and the world were aligned just right” This theme of the uncontrollable and imperfect creativity of humans is repeated throughout ‘Ludicrous Aesthete’.