The English nominee Paul Farley's work is new to me. His manner of dress is not: black suit, taffy-coloured loafers, shirt the colour of eggplant.He is from Liverpool. He said, "Thank you very mooch" just like the Beatles.Farley also has a Liverpudlian wit. He surveyed the crowd and said it was marvelous for once not to have to say at a reading, "Thank you both very much for coming."We were so many more than both.He also told us it was his birthday, urged us to squeeze in closer, whipped out a camera and took our picture. Alas, I am ashamed to say that none of us thought to respond with a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday."Farley is 42 years old. He read his first poem from memory, which is risky, charming and generous, as is his work.
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