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Contains hardly any actual Poetry!
on 26 April 2014
Regrettably, I bought this book along with its companion volumes Staying Alive and Being Human in a single purchase and read them, cover to cover, in their original order of publication. Everything I wrote in my review of Staying Alive applies here - to wit, hardly any of the writing herein can, in good conscience, be recognised as poetry. The only moment of relief from the mind-numbing monotony of this formless drivel occurred when I came across a simile in a Norman MacCaig piece (I hesitate to use the word 'poem') which had me roaring with laughter for days, and to be fair these books DID introduce me to the extraordinary imaginary world of Peter Reading, but for the most part, an inexcusable waste of paper.