Desert Island Books: with Author and Poet, George Polley

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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 . . .

  1. 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”
  2. 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”.
  3. 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.
  4. Who from the world of publishing do you think would benefit from being stranded on a desert island? Most mainstream publishers.
  5. The tide comes in and one of your books floats away. Which one would you least mind losing? “Swan Peak” by James Lee Burke.
  6. 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.

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2 thoughts on “Desert Island Books: with Author and Poet, George Polley

  1. Like Gerry, the Dorothy L.Sayers quote rang bells with me as well. Interesting choice George. I agree most mainstream publishers would probably benefit hugely from any time spent on a deserted island. Great posts Andy.

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