George Polley was born in Santa Barbara, California and raised in Seattle, Washington. George Polley makes his home in Sapporo, Japan. His poetry and fiction has appeared in a number of publications, including the “South Dakota Review”, “Graffiti” (UK), “The View From Here” (UK) and “A Rainbow Feast: New Asian Short Stories”, edited by Mohammad A. Quayum and published by Marshall Cavendish Editions (Singapore, 2010). Recent books include: “The Old Man and The Monkey” and “Grandfather and the Raven”, both published by Night Publishing (UK). A poetry collection is forthcoming from Night Publishing.
George is now marooned on a desert island without any hope of rescue in the foreseeable future. He’s been washed ashore with little in the way of possessions, but thankfully with a pile for books for company. Here are his views on the books he’s brought with him . . .
- Which book would you read when sitting next to a campfire, to keep your spirits up? Kenneth White: “Open World: The Collected Poems, 1960-2000”
- You’d need a phrase or quotation from a book to adopt as a motto. Which one? “And what do all the great words come to in the end, but that? — I love you — I am at rest with you — I have come home.” — Dorothy L. Sayers: “Honeymoon”.
- If a ship was to appear on the horizon, what would you do when you got aboard – in a literary sense? I would find out where they’re from and where they’re going, and keep my eyes and ears open in order to learn the rest of the story.
- Who from the world of publishing do you think would benefit from being stranded on a desert island? Most mainstream publishers.
- The tide comes in and one of your books floats away. Which one would you least mind losing? “Swan Peak” by James Lee Burke.
- If you could choose any writer to be your Man Friday, who would that be? Probably novelist Frederick Manfred, who mentored me as a young writer.
He also writes book reviews at www.tostadaspeaks.blogspot.com.
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