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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852249560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852249564
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Connie Bensley's poems are not only funny but truthful. This is the world viewed from London SW13: but hope, betrayal, love, self-delusion, moments of happiness characterise life lived in the suburbs just as much as anywhere else. --Harry Eyres, Express on Sunday.

Someone who can write with panache about the insouciant pleasure given by a new bra and the coital habits of camels is worth reading. --Helen Dunmore, Poetry Review.

If Alan Ayckbourn wrote poetry instead of plays, he would sound something like Connie Bensley - like Ayckbourn she has the comic's knack of placing a lot of weight on thin-shouldered words, words blurred by common currency which are suddenly brought into sharp focus and don't really want to be. Beyond the laughs there's great poignancy. --Adam Thorpe, Observer.

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Connie Bensley was born in south-west London in 1929, and has always lived there, apart from wartime evacuation. Until her retirement she worked as a secretary to doctors and to an M.P. and as a medical copywriter. Her latest book from Bloodaxe is Having a Leg to Stand On: New & Selected Poems (2012), which presents new work with poems drawn from six previous collections: Progress Report and Moving In, originally published by Peterloo Poets, and four later books published Bloodaxe: Central Reservations (1990), Choosing To Be a Swan (1994), The Back & the Front of It (2000) and Private Pleasures (2007). Her poems are frequently anthologised and read on BBC radio.

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I'd had her down as a humorous poet. Like Stevie Smith or Betjeman, then, both death-obsessed? It was on account of her craft, too little on display here; even rhyme is sparse. Hers is a voice constrained and making the best of it, in which we hear emotions kept on a short leash. Her parody of Auden is on the nail, but you have to go through 170 pages to get to it. Stations captures the tone

As he travels home on the Northern Line
he is reviewing his marriage.

When he used to tell her that he loved her
it was certainly true: but now the words -

though they still fulfil a useful and ceremonial
purpose, have lost some of their resonance -

as in Barons Court or St John's Wood
or the beautiful Shepherd's Bush.
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Wry, funny, moving, accessible but powerful: Connie Bensley deserves to be better known. I read a lot of modern poetry and this is one of the stand-out collections for me. (NB - I bought it from another retailer who pay UK tax in full.)
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By karen holt on 15 Nov. 2014
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great if you like poetry
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