This is not the time for adultery.
Your lover will fail to be impressed,
not so much by the face mask
and stale musk of sanitizing gel,
but your flouting of the rules.
At once funny and moving, Safety in Numbers is the new collection from the nation's favourite poet. Traversing new yet timeless terrain with his signature wit and intimacy, Roger McGough brings to life the very strangeness of our times
From lost tongues and violins to rising oceans, from adulterers in lockdown to ghosts in line, we may live in dark times and yet find ourselves laughing. From surprising angles and with unexpected voices, McGough, 'a trickster you can trust', reveals the telling moments of our lives.
PRAISE FOR ROGER MCGOUGH
'A witty and ingenious chronicler of British life with a deftness and agility that is hard to beat' Poetry Society
'The patron saint of poetry' Carol Ann Duffy
'McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings' Time Out
Sparky, thoughtful, inventive, and fun, it's also the mix of these qualities that makes this a fantastic collection
This slim volume is a joy, packed with wry observation, vim and wit that deftly captures the spirit of these strange times we inhabit. Journeying through topical subjects, from rising oceans and adultery in lockdown to seaside staycations and an ode to Laura Kuenssberg, poet Roger McGough has a keen eye for the magical moments within the mundanities of modern life
McGough is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him
McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings
Memorable and enduring and fresh. Age has not withered [his lines] nor diminished their potency. Of how much modern poetry can you say that?
McGough's trademarks: the craft worn as lightly as the crown, the jokes that are something more, the underlying heartache, the acute sense of the way time slips away
The patron saint of poetry