New anthology “designed to lower the tone and cut everyone down to size”: The Call of the Clerihew

What began as a bit of fun on Facebook has ended up as a book…

The Call of the Clerihew from Smokestack Books is edited by George Szirtes and Andy Jackson, and I’m delighted to have a few verses included.

Not familiar with this deliciously disdainful poetic form? Sometimes described as the literate cousin of the Limerick, the Clerihew was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) and is designed to lower the tone and cut everyone down to size. Perfect, then, for these times of social upheaval, political chaos and general idiocy.

The Call of the Clerihew brings together fifty contemporary exponents of this ridiculous form, including Ian Duhig, WN Herbert, Jacqueline Saphra, Katy Evans-Bush, Michael Rosen – and me, cocking a snook at the great and the good, the important and the self-important, the religious and the royal, despots and detectives, poets, philosophers and politicians.

Feeling sneery? In need of a chortle at someone else’s expense? Step right up, the folks at Smokestack Books will be happy to satisfy (in exchange for a small amount of cash). Buy it now here.

Here’s a couple of sneak previews to whet your whistle –