MARTIN COOK: MACKEREL WRAPPERS
21 Hatton Green
ISBN 978 1 905939 05 3
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|MARTIN COOK: MACKEREL WRAPPERS|
Strange characters rub shoulders in odd situations in this first collection from a poet who, according to the back cover
has had a full life.In the title poems, he regrets
the passing of unhygienic newspaperand notes that
When Romans used old poems (or even discarded prose) to wrap a fish, their empire lasted a thousand years ...I liked the wry humour of CHRISTMAS LETTER, which neatly sends up the fashion of round robins extolling all the wonderful achievements of family members, but in this case, each one is some kind of disaster, such as Amanda, who
ran off with a failed sumo wrestleror Jeremy, who
was put away for six monthsThe moving and the mirthful are deftly interwoven in this elegant-looking little collection, of which both Happenstance and Martin Cook should be proud.
|reviewer: John Francis Haines.|