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A Poet's Notebook with new poems, obviously Stewart Henderson

22 Jun 2018
192 pages: 130 x 198 mm


Liverpool-born Stewart Henderson is a bestselling poet, broadcaster, and songwriter. A Poet’s Notebook comprises 21 of his poems preceded by an engrossing commentary on the sources and development of each. The book features a rare combination of poetic journal, travelogue and cultural almanac complete with the poet’s trademark humour and pertinent observations. With reflections on Emily Dickinson, C. S. Lewis, Malcolm McLaren, P. G. Wodehouse, and maritime Liverpool, alongside accounts of personal encounters with Malcolm Muggeridge, Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time) and Alastair Reid, A Poet’s Notebook is primarily an examination of our collective, restless soul as we ask: how did we end up here? This is British wit and poetry at its best.
Stewart Henderson has been writing poetry since his teens, when his work was heavily influenced by the LIverpool Poets. He has since developed his own distinctive style of poetry which often takes a wry look at life. He currently works as a broadcaster, scriptwriter and performance poet in both the UK and USA.
“Essential reading”|“He understands the packed power of words; the importance of their use and measure”|“Stewart has the capacity to engage naturally and touch deeply… He makes it look effortless”|“What Michael Morpurgo has done for children's fiction, Henderson has done for poetry”|“Good-humoured, thoughtful poems”|“Winnie-the-Pooh never explains what he means by ‘the noise-you-make-before-beginning-a-piece-of-poetry’. But in this glorious gallimaufry Stewart Henderson allows us an insight into ‘the noise-the-poet-makes-before-writing-one’. A Poet’s Notebook gives us a glimpse inside the mind and the muse of the poet, the rhapsodic rattlebag from which each individual poem coalesces out of chaos.”

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