What an inspired title for a collection of poetry! Sarah Salway's You Do Not Need Another Self-Help Book - which is being launched in London this evening (details here) - is pin-sharp, clever, funny, contemporary, and expresses in beautifully original style a unique way of seeing the world.
If poetry is the distillation of observations, feelings, experiences and personalities, then Sarah's work is the equivalent of strong spirit - so much 'life' concentrated in so few perfect words.
Click here to read Love and Stationery and I'm sure you'll smile knowingly; from this page you can follow links to hear Sarah reading from the book; meanwhile, I'm taking the liberty of offering you one of my favourites,
Business as Usual
The Ivy is creeping with poets today
while over at Sheekey's they're teaching
kids how to fish for themselves
and you can't move at Glyndebourne
for storytellers swilling champagne.
The auction house is hushed as a sonnet
sells for millions and no one cares as the banker,
freezing in his office, burns stocks for fuel.
Free versers dominate the Cabinet,
and the country operates efficiently
since the haiku writers shifted to law.
Yes, happiness has improved immeasurably
now surrealists look after the curriculum
and imagination became the single currency,
because a simile buys you a first class seat
and it's no longer a lack of metaphor
that keeps the suits in economy.