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The Luckiest Guy Alive
The Luckiest Guy Alive | John Cooper Clarke
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The godfather of British performance poetry - Daily Telegraph The Luckiest Guy Alive is the first new book of poetry from Dr John Cooper Clarke for several decades and a brilliant, scabrous, hilarious collection from one of our most beloved and influential writers and performers. From the Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman to a hymn to the seductive properties of the pie by way of hand-grenade haikus, machine-gun ballads and a meditation on the loss of Bonos leather pants The Luckiest Guy Alive collects stunning set pieces, tried-and-tested audience favourites and brand new poems to show Cooper Clarke still effortlessly at the top of his game. Cooper Clarkes status as the Emperor of Punk Poetry is certainly confirmed here, but so is his reputation as a brilliant versifier, a poet of vicious wit and a razor-sharp social satirist. Effortlessly immediate and contemporary, full of hard-won wisdom and expert blindsidings, its easy to see why the good Doctor has continued to inspire several new generations of performers from Alex Turner to Plan B: The Luckiest Guy Alive shows one of the most compelling poets of the age on truly exceptional form. John Cooper Clarke is one of Britains outstanding poets. His anarchic punk poetry has thrilled people for decades ... long may his slender frame and spiky top produce words and deeds that keep us on our toes and alive to the wonders of the world. Sir Paul McCartney
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arlenefinnigan
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This is hilarious. I've never listened to a poetry audiobook before (I've always preferred reading poetry on the page), but obviously John Cooper Clarke is a master of performance and his deadpan delivery is the best way to read his poetry. The language is neither PC nor suitable for work/family friendly - Crossing The Floor made me wince, but Pies and Get Back On The Drugs You Fat Fuck made me laugh out loud. Great dry, vicious wit.

Bookwomble I wanted to love this, but found myself rather underwhelmed. I'll definitely re-read it later in the year and see how it sits then. 1w
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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 3: an audiobook of poetry

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Bookwomble
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Mehso-so

Somewhat disappointing. Would certainly be a better audiobook, or better yet a live performance, however, on the page, the Bard of Salford often missed the mark. There were a couple of interesting verbal flourishes, but also, if I'm not mistaken, a whiff of both homophobia ("Your Metrosexual Ex") and transphobia ("Crossing the Floor"). I'd hope to be mistaken about Clarke's intent in those poems, but the others didn't take away the bad taste.

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Bookwomble
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"You ain't nothing but a hedgehog
Foraging all the time
You ain't nothing but a hedgehog
Foraging all the time
You ain't never pricked a predator
You ain't no porcupine"
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- I Wrote the Songs

Cortg Cute!
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LauraJ Bravo! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
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Bookwomble
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“Five a.m. and mooching round
Compartments in my brain
Every corner occupied
By garbage and disdain
Down all day - up all night
Beneath that energy draining light“

- The Paperboy's Wife

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Bookwomble
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Merry Christmas, Littens 😊🎄🎁📚🎅🏼
Christmas books, and my traditional Christmas CD present from Mrs Bookwomble this year is by Eric Clapton 🎅🏼🎸🎶🎅🏼

Daisey Merry Christmas! 🎄 3w
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Kaddele
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This is the kind of advice I need in my life. (Also my phone camera needs fixing - those spots are not a cool new filter ... but who needs a working phone camera when there are books to spend all your money on?)

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Kaddele
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Just to make it clear - I do own books that are not called Good Omens. These two lovelies showed up today as well...

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BruceWalken
The Luckiest Guy Alive | John Cooper Clarke
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