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WHITWORTH, John

Tennis and Sex and Death

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TENNIS AND SEX AND DEATH
Poems by John Whitworth

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John Whitworth was born in 1945 and lives in Canterbury with his wife and two daughters. He has taught English Language, English Literature, Business Studies, Elementary Economics and Creative Writing. His first three volumes of poetry were published by Secker & Warburg, the last being Lovely Day Far A Wedding (1985). Tennis And Sex And Death is John Whitworth’s first Peterloo volume, Poems within it first appeared in The Literary Review, London Magazine, Poetry Review, Spectator, Times Literary Supplement and other leading journals. Some of the poems have been broadcast on BBC radio.

From reviews of John Whitworth’s earlier volumes:

’Whitworth is one of the most irreverent writers at large in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain . . . a splendid satirist . . . immensely lively reading.’
                                            Alan Bold, The Scotsman

’a worthy addition to the meanwhile-back-to-life school fathered by Gavin Ewart.’
                                          Philip Larkin, The Observer

’. . . a sort of male Wendy Cope . . . but he is altogether more robust and contemptuous’
                                            Dick Davis, The Listener

’Gleefully biting every hand and shibboleth in sight, Whitworth writes with infectious verve.’
                                    William Scammell, London Magazine

’. . . there is more to Whitworth than fun and bum: with him the virtuosity of light verse can seem close to high art.’
                                            Peter Porter, Observer

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Poems For a Very Small Daughter (extract)

2. The Things

Some of the things our daughter’s got:
She’s got a ball. You throw the ball.
She throws it back, or sometimes not.
Most babies scarcely throw at all.

She’s got an orange knitted cat
Which is perhaps a kangaroo.
Opinions differ as to that.
One must suppose the knitter knew.

A matchbox, an engraved brass bell,
A dish, a spoon, a plastic cup,
A tower she can knock to hell
(I’d like to see her build it up),

A woolly bobble and a puck -
ered tube that held a fat cigar,
A big duck and a little duck,
Three rattles and a Hong Kong car.

What life in lists inheres – the names
Of wild flowers, railway stations, kings
And queens of England, children’s games,
Dead poets. And our daughter’s things.

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TENNIS AND SEX AND DEATH
Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: Paul Klee: ‘Der Berg Der Heiligen Katze’, 1923. © Cosmopress (Geneva), DACS (London), 1989
Publication: 1989 (68 pages laminated paperback)