Thursday, 3 October 2013

Wendy Cope Is Brilliant


I am not a fan of fanny about poetry; like honestly there is just no need for it most of the time. Contemporary poetry is definitely the way forward and if you are going to read any contemporary poet read Wendy Cope. Wendy Cope is brilliant! Serious Concerns is an epic anthology; I advise reading Bloody Men but my favourite of all Wendy Cope poems is Some Light Verse:
Some More Light Verse

You have to try. You see the shrink.
You learn a lot. You read. You think.
You struggle to improve your looks.
You meet some men. You write some books.
You eat good food. You give up junk.
You do not smoke. You don’t get drunk.
You take up yoga, walk and swim.
And nothing works. The outlook’s grim.
You don’t know what to do. You cry.
You’re running out of things to try.
You blow your nose. You see the shrink.
You walk. You give up food and drink.
You fall in love. You make a plan.
You struggle to improve your man.
And nothing works. The outlooks grim.
You go to yoga, cry and swim.
You eat and drink. You give up looks.
You struggle to improve your books.
You cannot see the point. You sigh.
You do not smoke. You have to try.
I am not going to witter about the poem and pretend I believe in pulling apart people's work to find out about them. I just love it in the moment I read it and I don't want to feel or understand anything more of its brilliance.
You have to try.
Hannah x
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK


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