There’s not a bad poem in this by Martin Appleby. They are all relevant.
I like that Appleby is a British writer, and writes with humour, that sometimes uppercuts the seriousness of some of the more complex poems, such as Ten Years, and Poetry is Hard with Kittens.
You will probably recognize something of yourself in the poetry, as Appleby recounts nights out, old relationships, and rejection. Poem Austerity is actually something I myself would do with a fiver. Having had no interest in football until last summer poem Bad Supporter I could relate with.
Worse Things Happen at Sea is likable, and I loved the look into Appleby’s head, from politics, to missing bacon, and permanent tattoos.
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