About the book
Just Where You Left It... and other Poems: How to Survive School, Parents and Everything Else That’s Unfair in Life is a book of humorous poetry designed to help your family start enjoying poetry again.
It all came about after several years of attending poetry recitations at our kids’ prep school; incessant watch-watching as endless children recited, parrot fashion, mighty and erudite works that neither they, nor the majority of parents, understood a word of. That was what prompted me to raise an eyebrow when my eldest son asked me for advice as to which poem he should learn and recite for yet another year’s torture of the stanzas.
“I’ll write you one” I answered.
And so I did. A poem about a poetry recitation. The boy read it with gusto and the whole thing came to pass, exactly as predicted, after several years of observation and ritual. Result? One delighted son and a hall-full of appreciative parents.
From then on we were on a roll. We have 3 sons, so Latin exams, school meals, bullying, sports days, embarrassing Dads and nagging and know-all Mums were fair game. One son even won the actual Poetry Recitation formalities, ahead of Coleridge, Tennyson and Auden!
If you grew up on poems by the likes of Ogden Nash - are more Pam Ayres than Alexander Pope - and are looking for poems that both you and your kids will enjoy, then this is the book for you.