Wendy Cope

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Poem introduction

I'm going to read three poems by Jason Strugnell, a poet I invented. These are 'Strugnell's Haiku' where I've tried to combine the feeling of Japanese Haiku with the banality of poor old Strugnell.

Strugnell's Haiku

Strugnell's Haiku


The cherry blossom
In my neighbour's garden - Oh!
It looks really nice.


The leaves have fallen
And the snow has fallen and
Soon my hair also.....


November evening:
The moon is up, rooks settle,
The pubs are open.

From Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Faber and Faber, 1986), copyright © Wendy Cope 1986, used by permission of the author and the publisher.


Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope reading her poems

1An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse

2From Strugnell's Sonnets: The expense of spirits is a crying shame...

3God and The Jolly Bored Bog-Mouse

4Strugnell's Haiku

5Waste Land Limericks

6A Policeman's Lot

7Reading Scheme

8A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by William Wordsworth

9A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by T. S. Eliot

10Rondeau Redoublé

11My Lover

12Tich Miller


14Defining the Problem 15Loss

16Some More Light Verse

17Favourite 18Another Unfortunate Choice 19A Christmas Poem 20Kindness to Animals


22The Uncertainty of the Poet

23In The Rhine Valley

24After the Lunch

25Nine-line Triolet

26Valentine 27Leaving 28Bloody Men 29As Sweet

30The Christmas Life

31By The Round Pond

32Haiku: Looking Out of the Back Bedroom Window without My Glasses 33Timekeeping

3430th December

35Differences of Opinion (i) He Tells Her

36Differences of Opinion (ii) Your Mother Knows (unpublished)

37The Sitter

38Les Vacances

39Being Boring

40On a Train


42An Anniversary Poem

43The Month of May