Jam packed with funny poems


Jam packed with funny poems

0 Funny Little Poems
By Denis Kevans
Lorikeet Publications, 1998
63 Valley Rd, Wentworth Falls 2782
Phone (02) 4757 3119

Review by Alex Bainbridge

This book is exactly what it claims to be — jam packed with funny little poems. And very good ones at that. However, I can't vouch for the number of poems it contains.

On the front cover, next to the number 300, the reader is invited to "count them". My stubborn streak got the better of me, and I deliberately decided not to.

If funny poems are what you're after, you won't be disappointed. This certainly isn't a collection of dreary poetry that needs to be pored over before you can understand it. This is a book that can be picked up and skimmed for quick chuckles.

Many of the poems reflect their author's involvement in progressive issues such as the environment, trade union/workers' rights and social justice.

Bosses and bureaucrats, foreign imperialism and environmental destroyers all are made fun of. There are also poems about the quirky things that affect people's ordinary lives. Many of the poems would be suitable presented from a concert hall, a protest rally or a picket line.

To top it off, many of the poems have amusing illustrations by Greg Gaul, making it just the sort of book that could be left on a coffee table for casual enjoyment.

I haven't space to show a sufficiently representative sample, but here's one:

Strict standards

The Rio Tinto staffer said: "Listen to me,
Have you got piles then Bob?"
"Well yes!"
"Well, bad luck."
"Bad luck why?"
"We only want perfect arseholes for this job."

If you like our work, become a supporter

Green Left is a vital social-change project and aims to make all content available online, without paywalls. With no corporate sponsors or advertising, we rely on support and donations from readers like you.

For just $5 per month get the Green Left digital edition in your inbox each week. For $10 per month get the above and the print edition delivered to your door. You can also add a donation to your support by choosing the solidarity option of $20 per month.

Freecall now on 1800 634 206 or follow the support link below to make a secure supporter payment or donation online.