- Paperback: 84 pages
- Publisher: lulu.com (30 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1446131335
- ISBN-13: 978-1446131336
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,556,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bypass Pilgrim Paperback – 30 Jul 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
His poetry is lean and witty without a trace of mawkishness or self-pity and it does not veer into gallows humour in order to deflect some of the raw emotion it evokes. The poems were written at the time, in the waiting room, in the ward, in recovery and feel like the literary equivalent of whistling in the dark. They are immediate and intensely personal. This is human experience laid bare, not for the faint-hearted but eminently readable and full of hope.
A master stroke was the inclusion of a poem by Jennie Barnsley, "Mrs Bayfield", which is a reflection on the change in their relationship Roy's illness has brought about. Suddenly we get a different point of view and a wider sense of, not just the hospital ward and frailty of the human body, but the longer term ramifications of serious illness.
This is a good read whether you are sick, well or just enjoy good poetry.