From the Back Cover
Selected Poems consists of work chosen by the poet himself from the Collected Poems, published by Penguin in 2004, together with a few new, previously unpublished poems. The complete span of McGough's writing, from the 1960s to the new millennium, is represented.
'Mcgough's trademarks: the craft worn as lightly as the crown, the jokes that are something more, the underlying heartache, the acute sense of the way time slips away' Ian McMillan Poetry Review
'McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings' Time Out
'He is a true original' The Times
'Memorable, fresh and enduring' Sunday Herald
'No detail of daily life, trivial, ridiculous or touching, is unworthy of a sympathetic attention ... honest, enlivening' Alan Brownjohn, Sunday Times
'The patron saint of poetry ... we are lucky indeed to have him' Carol Ann Duffy