‘Hugely enjoyable... an observant brain in freefall’
- GRAHAM FELLOWS
‘Accessible, witty, original and brilliantly imagined’
- JONATHAN EDWARDS
‘Mark Blayney can make football scores out of Shakespeare, his love poems are poignant and the images he conjures up hang around in your head like ghosts. I love this book’
- IFOR THOMAS
‘I chuckled several times. I also frowned as I realised none of these poems rhyme’
- JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH
Surreal, playful and sometimes tender, these poems feature robot train inspectors, static caravans and Lionel Richie songs that didn’t chart. Along the way there are musings on fatherhood, travelling, falling in love and of course falling out of it. And if you’ve ever wondered what happens when Philip Larkin goes on holiday, or what a haiku about cleaning products looks like – read on.
Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, Mark is a UK National Poetry Slam finalist, a John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry finalist and longlisted for the National Poetry Competition.