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Front Cover -- About the Author -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Acknowledgements -- Table of Contents -- I -- On Her Tiredness -- Mary Questions the Health Visitor -- 'No Ball Games etc' -- Round Robin -- Discipline -- The Plan -- Letterland -- Fifteen per cent of goodbye… -- Deferred Gratification -- Silly Mummy -- One Little Wish -- Astronomical -- Pessimism for Beginners -- II -- Something and Nothing -- Telling Strangers -- How I Feel Now -- Living Without You -- From a Stranger -- Exorcise -- Friday 13th February 2004 -- The Onus -- Manifest -- Imaginary Friend -- My Ideal Man -- Send -- III -- The Cutting Dead -- White Feathers -- Peace Offering -- In the Chill -- After the Axe -- The Way It Has to Be -- Nothing to Hide -- Let's Put the Past in Front of Us -- The Barring Arm -- Homewrecker -- Don't Say I Said -- Rubbish at Adultery -- Anyone Can Draw a Line -- Progress -- Limited -- from Chapter 1 of Hurting Distance.
Full of enchanting humor and intimacy, this inventive collection of poems is designed to engage and delight. Rhymed metrical forms are masterfully handled to produce highly amusing effects and traditional prose is manipulated in order to handle contemporary subjects. Moving yet lighthearted, these poems are a complicated brew that poetry lovers of every stripe will enjoy.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.