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Tôpher Mills

Sex on Toast: Selected Poems

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Humorous, serious and sometimes outrageous, Tôpher Mills’ poetry covers swimming, love, work, dialects, sex, politics, death and everything inbetween. From the incidental ordinary to the waywardly imaginative, Sex on Toast gathers Mills’ best-known work together with a host of new and uncollected material. From the earliest poems here, written in his teens, to those written in sardonic middle-age, he sings of his life and times as the essential Cardiff bard.


"Part of the power of the poems in this book is their great authenticity and honesty ... a significant body of emotive, powerful, funny, memorable, singing work."– Jonathan Edwards

"rich characters are to be found in places of work, in necessary spaces – real places, often far from warm domesticity but not without their own romance and charm... Poetry is often grounded in place, and in embracing this through voice, Mills creates a vivid picture through verse of an instance in time." – George Sandifer Smith, Poetry Wales


Tôpher Mills interview with Nation.Cymru here.


Tôpher Mills was born in Cardiff where he still lives. His writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies and been performed in many venues and festivals both in the UK and abroad. He’s also worked in radio, television and film and has written review columns for The Western Mail and New Welsh Review. From 1997 to 2001 he was elected chairman of The Welsh Union Of Writers and in 2006 he won an Arts Council Of Wales Bursary Award. His previous books include: The Bicycle Is An Easy Pancake (Red Sharks Press, 1987); The Dancing Drayman (Red Sharks Press, 1993); and Swimming In The Living Room (Red Sharks Press, 1995).