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Dr John Cooper Clarke (the doctorate is honorary but he's the only performance poet that has one) is a performance poet . As is obvious, what performance poet means is that he goes on tour and performs his poetry. What isn't obvious is the way that he performs his poetry. He does read some of the newer ones but he reads/recites at breakneck speed, slows down, speeds up and performs with feeling. It's manic actually and isn't easy to describe (there are clips on YouTube). He is also known as the punk poet because his style : fashion, poetry and performance, fitted in with the punk ethos and
I shouldn't be the one to write a review of John Cooper Clarke's work because i) I'm not qualified and ii) I'm totally biased. However, since it's been 30 years since the man has published any work I thought that he deserved a mention. There are some 40 pieces here all with their own merit. As is usual with JCC the poetry is never one style - there are haiku in this collection too - but it's always clever, witty and extremely observant. I've only read the poems once so can't really comment on individual rhymes. He is at his best when listened to, of course
Most poets who also perform their works live are not as good on stage as they are on the page. JCC (though I would consider him a singer performing his own lyrics rather than a poet speaking his own words) is a wonderful exception. The playful way he has with words combined with the ascerbic delivery of his poems make him a delight to listen to. "Evidently Chickentown" and "Beasley Street" show his wonderfully tricksy way of unusual rhymes with both a great ear for Northern speech patterns and an unapologetic use of swear words. Apparently he was big during the punk era, so I apologise