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February 23, 2024


Oh, I love this. Not everyone can pull these off, but this one is delightful, Wendy.

This is brilliant!

Bravo! It takes a Wendy! This one's a keeper.

What a treat!

The source of this wonderfully witty poem by Wendy Cope is MAKING COCOA FOR KINGSLEY AMIS, published in 1986 by Faber and Faber Ltd. That book was autographed by Wendy Cope for me in June 2010 at a poetry conference in West Chester University, Pa. The poem is entitled "Waste Land Limericks" in that book. A measure of Wendy Cope's kindness and encouragement is evident in the time she graciously took there to autograph four of her books for me. The other three were SERIOUS CONCERNS (1992), IF I DON'T KNOW (2001), and TWO CURES FOR LOVE (2008). I heartily recommend all four books to any lover of penetrating wit and uncanny discernment in verse. Consider the last poem in her book MAKING COCOA FOR KINGSLEY AMIS:

"Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis"

It was a dream I had last week
And some kind of record seemed vital.
I knew it wouldn't be much of a poem
But I love the title.

What a treat! What a poet!

Truly enjoyable. One can imagine this starting a trend of casting some of poetry's Big Production Numbers in limerick mode, with for starters Lycidas, The Rape of the Lock and Song of Myself.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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