Safety in Numbers (Paperback)Roger McGough (author)
This is not the time for adultery.
Your lover will fail to be impressed,
not so much by the face mask
and stale musk of sanitizing gel,
but your flouting of the rules.
At once funny and moving, Safety in Numbers is the new collection from the nation's favourite poet. Traversing new yet timeless terrain with his signature wit and intimacy, Roger McGough brings to life the very strangeness of our times
From lost tongues and violins to rising oceans, from adulterers in lockdown to ghosts in line, we may live in dark times and yet find ourselves laughing. From surprising angles and with unexpected voices, McGough, 'a trickster you can trust', reveals the telling moments of our lives.
PRAISE FOR ROGER MCGOUGH
'A witty and ingenious chronicler of British life with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat' Poetry Society
'The patron saint of poetry' Carol Ann Duffy
'McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings' Time Out
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 105 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 8 mm
This slim volume is a joy, packed with wry observation, vim and wit that deftly captures the spirit of these strange times we inhabit. Journeying through topical subjects, from rising oceans and adultery in lockdown to seaside staycations and an ode to Laura Kuenssberg, poet Roger McGough has a keen eye for the magical moments within the mundanities of modern life * Herald *
Probably the best-known contemporary poet in the country, Roger McGough still tours his brand of zany takes on British culture . . . Safety in Numbers runs with several themes, including the pandemic, how to write poems and even being a narrator and voice-over artist. . . . [with] a lot of characteristically clever imagery and wordplay, such as in Warning Signs, a list of aphorisms, "Time to hit the road? You stumble, hit the road". * Expert Reviews, Best Poetry Books for 2022 *
McGough is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him * The Times *
McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings * Time Out *
Memorable and enduring and fresh. Age has not withered [his lines] nor diminished their potency. Of how much modern poetry can you say that? * Sunday Herald, on 'joinedupwriting' *
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 * Poetry Review, on 'joinedupwriting' *
The patron saint of poetry * Carol Ann Duffy *
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