Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope first full-length collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, is due out in March.

Poem: ‘My Lover’

Wendy Cope, 6 February 1986

For I will consider my lover, who shall remain nameless. For at the age of 49 he can make the noise of five different kinds of lorry changing gear on a hill. For he sometimes does this on the stairs at his place of work. For he is embarrassed when people overhear him. For he can also imitate at least three different kinds of train. For these include the London tube train, the steam engine and...

Uncertainties of the Poet

Nicolas Tredell, 25 June 1992

‘Fin de siècle’: the term suggests a dilution and dispersal of the cultural, social and political energies of a century, an uneasy time of uncertainties as a new era waits to be...

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Here comes Amy

Christopher Reid, 17 April 1986

Amy Clampitt is a most spirited and exhilarating performer. An enormous appetite for observation and zeal to describe precisely what she has observed are transmitted through both the best and the...

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