Arts Preview: Poetry of the Ridiculous ; POETRY Murray Lachlan Young Is Back with Poems about Toupees, the Taliban and Naked Rambling
Hughes, Jane, The Independent (London, England)
MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG prefers to dwell on the ridiculous aspects of life. That's just as well. In 1997, he was catapulted to fame on signing a pounds 1m recording deal with EMI - unheard of for a poet. Just as suddenly, and with a first album in the can, the team working on the project was sacked. No public explanation was given, and EMI refused to sell the album back to Young. He was told to take the money and run.
He bought a house in East Sussex with his wife, Zoe, and lay low as sales of his first book, Casual Sex and Other Verse, edged above 20,000. Now, at 35, he's back in full satirical flow for a three- week stint at the Old Red Lion, in London. But what has he been doing for the past five years? Well, there were occasional performances - he was commissioned by Mark Rylance, artistic director at the Globe, to write a prologue to the stage adaptation of Lucius Apuleius' mock-epic Latin novel The Golden Ass, and a poem commemorating the theatre's relocation to its current home. He has also been a regular at the Edinburgh Festival, gigged for the United Nations and toured with the musician Julian Cope and the poet Attila the Stockbroker. He even appeared as a gallows poet in the film Plunkett and Macleane.
But, as Young admits, he has been struggling with writer's block. "I was having trouble writing anything at all. For a long time, I got by with just one new poem - `To a Scrotum' - a celebration of this rarely …
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