This selection of Dennis's work displays the qualities that have made him so popular, from the waspish satire on office politics, 'Downsizing', to the more sombre musings on mortality in 'On News of a Friend's Sudden Death' or the villanelle 'White Vase' which chillingly imagines the double suicide of Hitler and Eva Braun. Elsewhere contemplation of mortality arouses a determination to revel in today, particularly in poems from his 2008 collection Homeless in My Heart which is his most revealing work to date. Dennis is also cheerfully irreverent about his own past, laughing at the youthful convictions of himself and his "clappy-happy" friends in 'The Summer of Love': "We were very certain, we were very sure/ We were very righteous, (and we were very poor)."
Dennis's voice (described by one critic as a cross between Carl Sandburg and Winston Churchill) is the perfect vehicle for his work, reciting with roistering energy one minute, with sinister resonance the next - this is a larynx that's been lived in. In the tradition of Adrian Mitchell and Charles Causley, Dennis is proud to be popular. His verse, with its "impish delight in all forms of human desire," (Folio) and celebration of traditional metre and rhyme has connected with a receptive readership, who have found in Dennis "a twenty first century Kipling" (Tom Wolfe).
Felix Dennis's books and CDs are available from www.felixdennis.com.