‘Family hyperbole suggests I used to speak only in rhyme, for days at a time. To precocity, sadly, attention gets paid and I wrote to get noticed.’
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Listening as a schoolboy to the great singer-songwriters of the 1970s helped to shape Donny O’Rourke’s sense of what might be achieved in poetry. Here he pays tribute to some of the musicians who influenced him.