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Serious Concerns by Wendy Cope is the enormously popular follow-up to her bestselling Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis.
About the Author
Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent. After university she worked for fifteen years as a primary-school teacher in London. Her first collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986. In 1987 she received a Cholmondeley Award for poetry and in 1995 the American Academy of Arts and Letters Michael Braude Award for light verse. Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979-2006 was published in 2008.
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January’s grey and slushy,
February’s chill and drear,
March is wild and wet and windy,
April seldom brings much cheer.
In May, a day or two of sunshine,
Three or four in June, perhaps.
July is usually filthy,
August skies are open taps .
In September things start dying,
Then comes cold October mist.
November we make plans to spend
The best parts of December pissed.
This kind of stuff doesn’t jolt your perceptions to perceive something new but often these poems do neatly and evocatively encapsulate little truths and do so with a certain gleeful joy that makes them memorable and worth returning to.
Enjoyable if not especially profound - as the poet herself comments:
Write to amuse? What an appalling suggestion!
I write to make people anxious and miserable and to
worsen their indigestion.
If you want to try some modern poetry, try Wendy Cope - funny, insightful, touching, honest
Wendy Cope writes with a lightness of touch that makes it look easy. While reading it one can forget that there are other things that poetry can do. She does what she does so well that I don't miss what she doesn't.
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