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Defying Gravity
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  • Published: 7 September 1993
  • ISBN: 9780141944227
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

Defying Gravity


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In this evocative and personal collection of poems Roger McGough comes to terms with painful memories as well as confronting fears that are universal. Here he remembers his father in 'Squaring Up' and 'Alphabet Soup'; observes the eccentricities of contemporary life in 'The City of London Tour'; gives insights into human feeling with the surreal 'Your Favourite Hat' and the moving elegy 'Defying Gravity'; and muses on writing itself with 'Word Trap' and 'The Darling Buds of Maybe'. There are even witty poems dedicated to the chemical elements. Blending the everyday and the magical, his verses sparkle with verbal dexterity, irreverent humour, irony and heartfelt compassion.

  • Pub date: 7 September 1993
  • ISBN: 9780141944227
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

About the Author

Roger McGough

Date: 2004-03-15
Roger McGough was born in Liverpool in 1937. He has written over 50 books for both. He has won the Signal Award for Poetry twice, and the Cholmondeley Award. He has also won a BAFTA for his film work and a Royal Television Society Award for his TV series. He was awarded the freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2001 and his OBE in 1997. He presents Poetry Please and guest hosts Home Truths on Radio 4.

Roger McGough was born in Liverpool and educated at St Mary's College and the University of Hull. He has been a writer for many years, and his numerous collections have established him as one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in contemporary poetry. Among his most popular titles are Summer with Monika, Blazing Fruit and Defying Gravity, all published by Penguin, and for children An Imaginary Menagerie, Pillow Talk and Bad, Bad Cats. He is an international ambassador for poetry and in 1997 was awarded an OBE, and in 2004 he was awarded a CBE. His most recent books include All the Best and Slapstick and for adults,  Collected Poems and Selected Poems.

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