Irreverent, often funny and always surprising, On the Cusp of Greatness is Mark Waddell’s first collection of poetry – filled with lively, spiky writing that seems to have just walked off the stage, accompanied by the author’s own ‘hare-brained’ illustrations.
Sticking two mischievous fingers up to power and the way things are ‘supposed to be’, Mark tackles space travel and sellotape with a motion of his pen, arctic blizzards and suicidal possums with another, whilst generally waving the flag for pleasure and all that is good in the world.
Readers will learn of the redemptive power of flight, why three is the ideal number of Bob Marleys to have in your kitchen, but also why these days, the narrator feels sick ‘just looking at’ a particular type of crisp. This will be the most fun you’ve had with thirty-five pieces of paper in years.
‘Amazing writing. Just mind-blowing.’
– RJ Ellory
‘Irreverent and sophisticated humour’
– Jeremy Page
‘Cuts to the chase like Bukowski’
– Stephen Jones
‘If the world were full of Mark Waddells, it would definitely be a happier place.’
– Ariane Sherine, The Huffington Post
‘Mark Waddell is a poet who makes people glad to be alive, while waking them up to their own absurdity.’
– Susannah Herbert, National Poetry Day
Date Published: 2016-04-28
Catalogue Number: VP0081
Number of Pages: 70
Cover design by Jamie McGarry
Cover photograph by the author
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