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.
About the Author
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.