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John O'Donoghue Letter to Lord Rochester - Waterloo Sampler No. 8 (2004)


ISBN 1-902731-23-9

Out of Print

His rhymes have an attractively Byronic quality about them.
Glyn Pursglove, Acumen

Make no mistake about O'Donoghue's achievement and wit. Only Glynn Maxwell is capable of a tour de force of his stature, a rhyme spre that wheels and never ends
Simon Jenner

Soft, strong and thoroughly absorbing
Alan Morrison

Written over twenty-one days of the Iraqi invasion and its immediate aftermath, Letter to Lord Rochester is an attempt to update Auden's 1936 Letter to Lord Byron.

Sent to another camp, witty artisto, O'Donoghue's epistle is by turns sombre, comic, personal and public. A tour de force of tightly-rhymed observations and witticisms on the Iraq debacle and modern life in general, with vivid snapshots of the Brighton shoreline and the town's outlying pleasure gardens, the poem delights in a delicious 'end of the peer' humour.

It is a much-needed response to an issue on which Britain's poets have been strangely silent.

John O'Donoghue is the author of two pamphlets, Letter to Lord Rochester (Waterloo Press, 2004) and The Beach Generation (Pighog Press, 2007).

His memoir Sectioned: a life interrupted (John Murray, 2009) won Mind Book of the Year 2010.

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