Girls who Read and Poetry Swoon

A ShallowReader Review
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I was invited back to 702ABC to talk books on The Blurb with Linda Mottram and I suggested we talk about male authors in honour of Movember. Part of the show includes a review of a book but the last male novelist I had read was Vasilis Papatheodorou’s YA novel Alpha and I didn’t feel that my Greek language skills were up to a translation review. Instead, I decided to discuss British poet, rap battler and educator Mark Grist and to review his poem “Girls Who Read”.
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You could hear the collective swoon from every bookish soul scouring the web last week when Mark Grist posted a video of his poem “Girls Who Read”. In the space of a week this video has had over 2 million hits which is something you don’t usually associate with poetry.
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Grist is in a pub, amongst mates, all swapping stories about what physical attributes they like in a girl. When it comes to his turn, he talks about how he wants a girl who reads. It isn’t as though he doesn’t like her attributes – her tits or ass or other bits – they matter too. It’s just that he likes a girl who reads, for this is what makes her “interesting and unique.”
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This poem is  joyful, impertinent, and describes a reader whose choices range from novels with gravitas to  ephemeral magazines, classics to racy blockbuster author Jilly Cooper (OMG! Re-enactment time!) and that this all makes her appealing. Girls reading having sex appeal and world appeal truly comes through in this poem that was written in a night. I love a poem that rhymes, rolls and rhythms but what I absolutely adore about this one is that it embraces the written word without judgement. Continue reading