This collection was put together by the author. Ewart says in the Introduction "This collection is a collection - and not a selection - of my poems. This is not because I consider them all equally good but because I have aimed at completeness." Philip Larkin writing in Quarto said "The most remarkable phenomenon in the English poetic scene during the last ten years has been the advent, or perhaps I should say the irruption, of Gavin Ewart". Ewart (1916-1995) was a prolific British poet known for his witty and sometimes unsettling treatments of unlikely subjects. He uses the rhythms and recurrent obsessions of demotic forms - limericks in particular - to create a heavily stressed and usually rhymed verse that is robustly Anglo-Saxon. Many of the poems are sexual or scatological, mixing obscenity with lightly-worn learning and often revealing a depth of feeling under their nonsensical skittishness. In 1971 he won the Cholmondeley Award for Poetry for 'The Gavin Ewart Show'. Contents: Introduction; Early Poems (1933-39) including 'Phallus in Wonderland' (written when he was 17 years old and published by Geoffrey Grigson in "New Verse"); 'Poems and Songs' (1939); Other Pre-war Poems; War Poems (1940-46); Poems (1946-64); 'Londoners' (1964); 'Pleasures of the Flesh' (1966) [W.H. Smith banned this from their shops which resulted in the irreverent eroticism for which his poetry is sometimes noted for]; 'The Deceptive Grin of the Gravel Porters' (1968); 'Th Gavin Ewart Show' (1971); 'An Imaginary Love Affair' (1974); 'Be My Guest!' (1975); 'The First Eleven' (1977); 'No Fool Like an Old Fool' (1976); 'Or Where a Young Penguin Lies Screaming' (1977).