A great collection,
This review is from: That Awkward Age (Hardcover)
I love Roger McGough's poetry. His work was the first poetry to ever engage me emotionally rather than poetry to be learned by rote or explained for an exam. Over the years I have had the good fortune to see him perform his work live and he has continued over a very long career to write poetry which still touches my heart, even though it's a much older heart now than when I first discovered him at the age of fourteen.
This volume I struggled with initially, but then, when I got to the section of poetry dealing with death and ageing I suddenly remembered why I love his work. He is witty, dark, funny and tender, and there is always that edge that lifts even the most touching of poems into something rich and complex.
I also loved the selection of poems about famous women's husbands like Mr. Sappho and the wonderful Mr. Of Arc.
Funny, clever and engaging.