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In his first new book since "Defying Gravity" in 1993, Roger McGough mixes surreal nonsense with gentle humour.
About the Author
Roger McGough was born in Liverpool and has played a huge part in the popularization of poetry in the last 30 years. His books include SUMMER WITH MONIKA, BLAZING FRUIT: SELECTED POEMS, and DEFYING GRAVITY - all available in Penguin. He is a frequent broadcaster and performer of his work. He lives in Barnes, south-west London.
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27 March 2001
This book is full of clever ideas executed brillantly. They include things like the apologetic host of a poetry evening in 'An ordinary Poetry Reading. There are parodies too, like the take on Auden's famous poem,'Stop all the Clocks'. The subject changes to the demise of the Metro car. At once, these poems not only grab you, they make you laugh out loud. There also some which poignant and stop you in your tracks. In short, there is something for everyone in this collection. If you any soul, you will buy this book and revel in its genius.
2 January 2002
Quite simply, McGough is the master of today's dilemas, responses, and chants to a fickle world we all accept as norm. This is McGough at his vocal best: the riotious title poem could easily be woven into "Stop All The Cars." "The Sad Astronomer" could well be a living tribute to Sir Patrick Moore whose observatory was badly damaged during a freak tornado that hit Selsey in January 1998, with other highlights contained in this collection including "Old Fashioned Values", "An Ordinary Poetry Reading", "Vague Assumptions", "In Case of Fire", "Nothing Ventured" and "Sheer." These plus other poems bring forth McGough's tongue-in-cheek almost teeth grating opinionated voiced poetry that leaves no harm but rightly, sub conscious questions! "The Way Things Are" is both excellent and his best collection to date, and hopefully will lead to new wistful but occasionally reality checked poetry collections in the near future!
23 May 2001
What else is there to say? This book varies between brutally realistic, ruefully anxious and laugh-out-loud wit. Definitely worth the read, even for the most dubious reader.
30 April 2001
Another collection of spot-on poems. Shame the book is a little thinner than some of his others. Very intuitive and as usual well observed. I will read these again and again.