Artistically, Poetry is Useless offers wonderful examples of Nilsen’s pointillist, detailed style…but he’s just as happy roughing out vaguely human black silhouettes to provide mouthpieces for his dark-night-of-the-soul comedy routines. The sketchbook format means Poetry is Useless jumps around between ideas and found images, imaginary shapes and intricate observations of the back of some man’s head, but the whole accumulates – coagulates, if you prefer – into something really rather powerful.


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