This collection was shortlisted for the 2016 CLPE Poetry Award.
Roger McGough’s collection is an invitation to be excited about poetry and not be limited by the world: ‘Let your imagination/Feed on the fantastic/Let it move like quicksilver/Stretch like elastic.’ The judges described some of the poems as deconstructionalist, evidenced by two poems ending with the line ‘Such is the power of poets’, subverting certainty by choosing the viewpoint of an unlikely persona from which to write and asserting control and flexibility when making that choice. The poet plays with language, form and ideas – not just with poetry but with pineapples too – ‘fearsome as a hand grenade’! As the title suggests, food is a subject often chewed upon throughout the collection whether it’s the fate of a chip summed up in English and French, the difficulty of finding a rhyme for sausages or the delicious variety of ingredients that can be baked in a poetry pie.
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