Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, Hardback
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When "Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis" was first published, it catapulted its author into the bestseller lists and established her as one of our funniest and most eloquent poets.

There are so many kinds of awful men - One can't avoid them all.

She often said She'd never make the same mistake again: She always made a new mistake instead. (from 'Rondeau Redouble').


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780571259298



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I think Wendy Cope is such a popular poet in Britain because she is not only talented but because her poetry is humorous and <em>understandable</em>, the latter quality often lacking in poems. She also excels at penning trenchant satirical descriptions of people and events such as, in this collection, “The Lavatory Attendant” who, “…In overalls of sacerdotal white He guards a row of fonts. …Or the lines of people who fill the streets on state occasions:“…In Dundee and Penzance and EalingWe’re imbued with appropriate feeling:We’re British and loyalAnd love every royalAnd tonight we shall drink till we’re reeling.”The poetry in this book is not all happy…“How like a sprinter you have turned and runFrom me, who’d loved you almost half a year.The world’s become a fridge, there is no sun,I hardly have the stomach for a beer. …”Most of it is, however, and this little booklet with its joyful take on life would make an ideal gift (for yourself or someone else!).