Published: 15/11/2017
ISBN: 9781788039086
Format: Paperback



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Chris M L Burleigh grew up in South London, and read English at University College Cardiff. After postgraduate qualifications in Leeds, he worked first as a librarian, before having a career in IT. Ch... read more

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Particles of Light
Poems, puns, word play and witty one-liners
by Chris M L Burleigh

Life is serious, but not to be lived too seriously. The familiar is shown in unfamiliar ways.

Our vanity and our fragility are exposed with gentle irony, and generosity of spirit. This is a collection of poems with universal appeal, on love, people, places, and Nature, and a large section of witty one-liners, puns, and humorous poems.

A variety of styles might reflect Hopkins, or Lawrence or Larkin or Betjeman. Much in the collection is light-hearted and playful, sometimes a little risqué, but often with a more serious intent. The word play is wittier than Stand Up, and funnier than past wits such as Wilde and Parker. There is little introspection – the reader effortlessly becomes both the ‘I’ and the ‘eye’.

While any of the poems might be autobiographical, poets, like novelists, can draw on the imagination. This is an exploration of words and meaning, and a celebration of sounds.

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