Sunday, 14 February 2016
Chuckle Verse. Poems by Lizzy Wade
Poetry can be difficult to write. And also sometimes difficult to read.
This judgement cannot be laid at the feet of Lizzy Wade.
The only thing that can be laid at the feet of poetess Lizzy Wade are a collection of accolades.
For Lizzy's poetry is always amusing and, if not merely amusing, downright bloody hilarious!
And often makes you, the lucky reader (trust me, if you take the time to purchase Lizzy's book you will be very lucky!) say: "Well blow me down! I thought that kind of stuff happened only to me?"
Such as this extract from one of her poems called Trying to see my GP
"I try to make an appointment
To see my own GP
But the battle-axe I encounter
Gives me the third degree"
She has a wit that shines a million candle power light into all sorts of nooks and crannies of everyday life.
From Doctor's receptionists to botox, from sexism to the problems of allowing men to barbecue, from from the confusion engendered by cricket to driving lessons, from boozing vicars to shopaholics and the problems of being a doctor to blind dates and the horrors of having a hot gran, all human life is here.
Each poem has a witty and pithy coloured illustration which perfectly matches the relevant poem.
If you spend your £7.99 on this excellent book of poems (it's from Matador) you will laugh and you'll live a little better, too, as these poems will remind you of truths you already knew or teach you things you should already have known but which you might have been away from school when that particular lesson was taught. (EDITOR: That's why I never came to grips with quadratic equations, apparently)
This book is promoted on the basis that all women will be able to relate to this book, in some way.
I have some hopefully welcome news for Lizzy and the staff at Matador. I think all men can relate to this book in some way, too!
Of course it is purchasable from the That's Books bookshop, which is to the righthand side of this book review, along with many other books of poems from Lord Byron to his newest and most distinguished rival, Lizzy Wade.