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4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous poems and sharp observations, 4 April 2001
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This review is from: The Family Pack: "Brother-in-law and Other Animals", "Can I Come Down Now Dad?", "These Were Your Father's" (Paperback)
Many years ago I bought this book and it was one of the first poetry books I ever read. I was quite young at the time and considered poetry to be intriguing but not something I would ever read. This book was instrumental in changing all that, in opening my eyes to what poetry could do. It is above all filled with very accessible poems- through all the surreal references to potatoes and dogs, you get the overall impression of a certain down-to-earth, common-sense quality.
There are comic masterpieces here, such as 'I wouldn't say my brother-in-law was fat because he's quite thin', but the poems which really strike home are those which combine a peculiarly robust kind of truth-telling with an equally strong sense of humour. 'This was my father' is one such poem: 'I didn't understand his need to wallop me so much / except that it kept us in touch' he tells us, concluding with: 'he was one of the strangers he warned me about / but without the sweets.'
Very occasionally the poems fall down and seem a little tiresome, but then again there will always be those poems which clash with a particular reader's sensibility. Contemporary poetry is flourishing, and Hegley is one of those people like McGough who has worked to maintain roots of accessibility and humour. Instead of confining him as 'merely' a comic, and not part of the 'serious' world of poetry, I would certainly rate him along with the other diverse and original voices which make up poetry today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the old favourites, 15 Dec 2013
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This review is from: The Family Pack: "Brother-in-law and Other Animals", "Can I Come Down Now Dad?", "These Were Your Father's" (Paperback)
Love reading these and never get bored with them. I'm delighted to have a copy and have even bought for family and friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, 23 Sep 2013
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This review is from: The Family Pack: "Brother-in-law and Other Animals", "Can I Come Down Now Dad?", "These Were Your Father's" (Paperback)
as always john hegley presents his talent and humour in a good read.
this is a very good value read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 July 2014
This review is from: The Family Pack: "Brother-in-law and Other Animals", "Can I Come Down Now Dad?", "These Were Your Father's" (Paperback)
John Hegley is a genius!
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