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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141014555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141014555
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The patron saint of poetry' (according to Carol Ann Duffy), Roger McGough was born in Liverpool, the son of a docker, and attended Hull University. In the '60s he had a brief flirtation with the pop world as a member of the Scaffold. He has been one of Britain's most popular poets for over 40 years, and has written many books for children and adults. His Selected Poems, entitled Blazing Fruit, is a bestselling poetry title on the Penguin backlist. He lives in Barnes, south-west London, with his wife and two youngest children.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Ball on 12 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this as a gift.I started reading . . . now I have to buy another.I've never considered myself a poetry fan, but these are so enjoyable and easy to read.If you fancy something different and don't think you like poetry you should read this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LittleMoon VINE VOICE on 2 Dec 2009
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Roger McGough stepped onto the scene with Brian Patten and Adrian Henri with their Mersey Sound anthology in 1967. Liverpool had become a creative whirlpool of music thanks to the Beatles, and poetry was suddenly pulled from the echelons of academia and inserted back into the street by this trio of poets. At least, that's how I see McGough's work, as poetry for the people.

This volume contains poems from his collections beginning with The Mersey Sound and ending with the 2002 collection Everyday Eclipses. There are also 6 previously unpublished poems.

Nothing is too small or simple for McGough's poetry to touch, and no more is this dedication to the ordinary and everyday clearer than in the eponymous poem Everyday Eclipses:

The hamburger flipped across the face of the bun
The Frisbee winning the race against its own shadow

McGough is not just a poet, but a trickster, a gambler, a joker, a juggler, a punner: there is no escape for the English language as words and phrases tumble and swing like acts in a circus. The results are often laugh out loud funny, like clowns for the sake of sheer fun; others will leave you fearful and gasping like the feats of the acrobats; and others still, like giants and bearded ladies, are just plain odd, ridiculous even.

If poetry is popular speech; the drunken words thrown around in pubs; you and I walking down the street: then Roger McGough is its voice, and this anthology one of its greatest collections.

Love Cycle (from Everyday Eclipses)

Up against the wall
Locked in passionate embrace
our two bicycles
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Strat on 12 Mar 2010
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Roger's observations on life, reflected in poetry are second to none. I am in awe of the man and wish I had just a tad of his talent! Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 4 April 2011
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I always did love Roger McGough. Saw him perform with Messrs Henri and Patten many years ago, and will be seeing him again at the Southbank Centre in June 2011! :) This is a great collected volume, demonstrating for perhaps the first time McGough's sheer versatility in handling almost any topic for any audience, and that the wit, drollery and deftness of touch for which he is famed often masks very acutely-observed comments on topics of great concern, spoken with depth of understanding rarely matched by allegedly weightier poets. For all the occasional silliness (including the many poems for children), there are tough nuggets of truth within McGough poets that stand out a mile.

For example, I have still never seen a poem describing the truth of relationships better than 'You & I'; 'Unlucky for Some', subtitled '13 voices from a woman's hostel in Soho, 1979', is as heart rending as any verse you will ever read; and McGough's legendary dissection of a 1960's Liverpool girl, 'Valerie' is scalpel-sharp, even in 2011. These are but three examples, though there is something everyone can appreciate within this fine collection. Warmly recommended to one and all. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Vincent on 11 Nov 2012
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I decided to buy this anthology of poems when I heard Roger McGough on the radio just before the Olympics. He talked about his work and how he believed poetry shouldn't just be for the elite but should be accessible to the masses. This collection certainly is that and covers a period of 40 years. For poets who like to keep their feet on the ground and not in the clouds this book is an absolute gem. Funny, sad, poignant and still topical and relevant there's more than enough within for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Slater VINE VOICE on 1 July 2011
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A refreshing read. Poetry from unexpected angles. Everything you would expect from Roger McGough; funny, sad, serious but most of all, addictive reading. This is poetry which you can read when you really don't feel in the mood for reading poetry.
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A joy of a collection. I just love Roger McGough so I am somewhat biased I suppose. If you want to get to know the author there is probably no better introduction than this anthology.
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By Alan Payton on 7 April 2014
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Very funny at times and a reflection of the human existence. Many of the poems will be familiar to readers.
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