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  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Puppywolf (27 Sept. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0956581919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956581914
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,192,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathy Bryant has won nine literary awards, including the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize in 2012, and blogged for the Huffington Post. Her work has been published all over the world in such publications as The Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Popshot. She co-edited the anthologies Best of Manchester Poets vols. 1, 2 and 3 and her first book, 'Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature' was published in 2010. See more at www.cathybryant.co.uk, and see Cathy's listings for writers (free competitions and calls for submission) at www.compsandcalls.com.

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"Light of touch, quick of mind, and capable of a wonderful poetic flourish." --Gerry Potter (a.k.a. Chloe Poems)

"A fine new voice with much to say." --Jo Bell, Director of National Poetry Day

"Deeply passionate, poetic and funny." --Dominic Berry, winner of Manchester Literature Festival's Superheroes of Slam

About the Author

Cathy Bryant is the winner of several literary awards and her work has been published in magazines and books worldwide. A favourite of the live Manchester poetry scene, in 2010 she also co-edited the major new anthology, Best of Manchester Poets, also published by Puppywolf. Born in Hampshire and raised in the midlands and Lancashire, she has lived in Manchester all her adult life.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil on 23 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'd heard that Cathy Bryant's performances here in Manchester were well received, but all too often that can translate into semi-literate meanderings on the page. Thankfully, this is both enormously fun and literate - for instance, in the delightful parody of Shakespeare's sonnet 18, 'In Praise of my Beloved's Bottom'. There are serious poems ('Sealove', 'Secret Water') and some feisty political polemic ('Welcome to Beigeland', 'Bi', 'The Moon in Malawi'), often in free verse, but also gentle haiku, as well as several other gems.

Perhaps strongest when indulging her obvious love of language - there are semi-nonsense poems written with a racy sort of glee, such as 'Playing Devil's Avocado', while crossword lovers will adore the cleverness of '22 Fruits' - Cathy breathes life into every page. The title poem combines humour, social commentary and linguistic dexterity, exemplifying the charm of this book.

In short, I was blown away. Not for children, but for everyone else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Topping on 3 May 2012
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Cathy Bryant's debut collection is witty and stylish. She loves parodies and offers some skilful and naughty work in this mode, for example 'In Praise of My Beloved's Bottom' based on Shakespeare's sonnet No.18, 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' and the short poem 'The Botanicall-minded Plagiarist Foresees His Own Death', which manages to refer to nine poets in its 14 lines, by blending famous quotations:

'Tigerlily, tigerlily, blooming bright
do not go gentle into that goodnight'.

Bryant also loves to play with language, as in the title poem, which refers to a DVD she was looking to rent. She also has a good line in light verse which points out human foolishness including her own. Light verse is not easy to write well, but if it is technically sound, as most of these poems are, then the reader feels safe in the writer's hands. Some of our best-loved poets have been strong on light verse, such as Gavin Ewart and Ogden Nash. Betjeman was able to turn his hand to it as well.
My favourite poems in this collection are the ones which deal with more personal and more serious material, such as 'Winter Body', a beautiful poem about the loveliness of the fuller figure. As someone who tends towards the pale and plump myself, I found this poem very affirming. 'I am a fall of pale snow/ a soft drift, only warm, like feathers'.
Bryant is the sort of poet everyone can understand and enjoy, but personally, I think there is a serious poet wanting to get out. She takes refuge in humour and does it well, with a light touch, but I'd love to see her developing her serious side and boldly saying the things she now deeply feels but jests about. Bryant's debut collection is well worth having on the shelf, because she is going places with her work. I am sure of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris_J on 5 Jan. 2011
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After seeing Cathy perform around Manchester for quite a while, i decided to pick up a copy of her book, and i must say, i found it absolutely brilliant.

"Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature" is beautifully written, heartwarming, clever, humourous, poignant, racy, occasionally political and all round absolutely fantastic.

And it's all topped off with an excellent title.

An amazing book by one of the northwest's finest poets of the stage and page.

A must read for any and all fans of poetry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kairon13 on 14 Sept. 2011
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...and oh, so much more.
Cathy certainly doesn't shy away from strong language or the earthiness of sex, but there is tenderness and humour here too, anger and joy. Like an exotic casserole (vegan, of course!) this book brings together a whole range of flavours that marvellously and miraculously combine to create something which satisfies the mind and nourishes the heart.
It is hard to say which of these poems I like the best: the Shakespearean parody 'In Praise of My Beloved's Bottom'; 'Proud', which explores what happens when two poets get together ('Darling, it's a lovely little villanelle.'); the poignant longing of 'Beyond' or the celebration of found love in 'Places'. There are, too, those poems for which 'like' is the wrong word, particularly the moving tribute to Sarah, a friend lost to cancer.
If this book doesn't make you laugh at least once, and cry at least once, then you are made of sterner stuff than I.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fly Leaf on 21 July 2011
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A superb collection of poems, delivered with warmth, wit and confidence. From angry attacks on suburban lifestyles and the middle classes, the frostiness of arguments, the flakiness of modern diets, the sexiness of celibate priests and sex (there's quite a lot of that) - to romance (but not too much sentimentality), laughs - and being allowed to eat popcorn without actually watching a DVD. All delivered in a range of styles from haiku via limericks to a sonnet (Shall I compare thy arse to a fine day?) The poems are clever, too. (Remember when Murdoch was an iris and Rupert was a bear?) Buy this book at once! But be warned. This collection contains interesting language that viewers of a stupid nature may find a bit hard.
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