Pagan Poetry

That’s probably the only song that’s full-bodied, with blood and muscle.

There’s something rather uncomfortable about the experience of that song. It feels like an invasion of your privacy.

Yeah. Hmmmm. I don’t know. When I hear that sort of stuff in other people’s work, I usually find it quite rewarding, so I wouldn’t look at it as uncomfortable. I would say that’s generous. But it’s about wanting to communicate, for sure. It’s less cocoon-ish than the rest of the songs. It’s definitely wanting to tell someone something.

An obvious question, then. Who are you referring to ?

[Coquettishly] It’s so obvious, innit ?

Matthew Barney, right ?

[Smiling] I didn’t say a word.

Q Magazine, July 2001