Book review: As Far As I Know, By Roger McGough
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Friday 19 July 2013
The Merseyside "patron saint of poetry" has mellowed in some ways.
Among his reflections on ageing, love and memory, and in the mix of his mischief, melancholy and wordplay, is an update to his seminal poem, "Let Me Die a Young-man's Death".
At the age of 75, that rock'n'roll attitude has morphed - with wry knowingness - into "Not for me a Youngman's Death'".
Now, he bares his teeth at his meanest critics in "Scorpio" to remind them that poets have long memories and that their hard words stick, and sting.
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