every poet in the UK in The Wombwell Rainbow Interviews
and very interesting they are (you may find yourself, or
even myself, in there if you look hard enough...)
This collection draws heavily on Paul's employment history.
Not all of those are the most glamorous of jobs (except
"poetry performer" — literally the most glamorous job
there is...) and you might expect there's a degree of
arduous toil, unsympathetic bosses, wearying drudgery to
be expressed. In this you'd be right, and these poems do
reveal a world of quotidian working days.
However, also running through this are threads of razor-
sharp observation, human warmth and humour which keep
the collection alive and make reading through the 75-odd
short poems a light and rewarding experience.
Let's start with:
some systems don’t work
so you have to do
a work around
when this becomes the system
I don’t know