I Think I Thought
A poet's-eye view of the journey from nappies to old age and the last great 'perhaps', passing milestones including tattooed Brenda, school dinners, unsuitable women, a mislaid mackintosh, bedtime cocoa, seaside deckchairs and a peristently optimistic camel.
A perfect-bound book containing 102 poems for those who are surviving middle age with a wry smile. Available to order from all good bookshops, publishers Matador, Amazon, and this website.
...is a writer of mainly light and humorous verse much of which has appeared in national publications including The Spectator, The Oldie and The Literary Review.
In 2008 Martin founded the quarterly light verse webzine, Lighten Up Online at www.lightenup-online.co.uk
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The Christmas Stocking-filler for the more mature literate leg.
The wry wit and observation of the 102 poems of his new book, I THINK I THOUGHT, suggest an entertainingly disconcerting side to growing up, girlfriends and gastro-pubs, and a gently light side to old age – despite its attendant malfunctions and memory loss. Here he regrets some of life's unwelcome developments – including the loss of Sharps Toffee, the Empire, flea circuses and doctors who do home visits; as well as the advent of longer licensing hours, synchronized swimming, greengrocers' “apostrophe's” and a possible need to origami one's Andrex.
Up to now Martin Parker has survived the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune with affectionate memories of most of its ups and with much gentle laughter at many of its downs. The result is a book to ring bells with those who have an eye for the humour involved in growing up and growing older – and who may be very difficult to find presents for!