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

(i)

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

(ii)

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

(iii)

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.

Recordings

Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope reading her poems

1An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse

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

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3God and The Jolly Bored Bog-Mouse

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4Strugnell's Haiku

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5Waste Land Limericks

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6A Policeman's Lot

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7Reading Scheme

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

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

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10Rondeau Redoublé

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11My Lover

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12Tich Miller

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13Flowers

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14Defining the Problem

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15Loss

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16Some More Light Verse

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17Favourite

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18Another Unfortunate Choice

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19A Christmas Poem

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20Kindness to Animals

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21Names

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22The Uncertainty of the Poet

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23In The Rhine Valley

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24After the Lunch

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25Nine-line Triolet

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26Valentine

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27Leaving

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28Bloody Men

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29As Sweet

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30The Christmas Life

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31By The Round Pond

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

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33Timekeeping

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3430th December

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35Differences of Opinion (i) He Tells Her

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

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37The Sitter

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38Les Vacances

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39Being Boring

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40On a Train

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41Spared

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42An Anniversary Poem

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43The Month of May

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