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Can of Worms
A COVID-19 Poetry Diary, Vol. 2
ISBN 978-1-8381185-1-8 | 136pp | 2021
rrp £10.00 | ebook £4.00
Written daily throughout the UK’s COVID-19 regulatory restrictions, Can of Worms picks up directly from Paul's first volume, Fighting Talk. These poems document the period of July to mid-October 2020 – from the pubs re-opening through to the introduction of the ‘Three-Tier System’. Compassionate, humorous, political and principled, here is another extraordinary collection for extraordinary times and a continuing discourse on the mood of a nation.
Illustrations and cover by Martin Chatterton.
“Paul Cookson is on the ball with poetry and life in the here and now. These trying times need poets to help us find a compass. This book is a must.” – Michael Rosen
“Paul's poetry gives voice to all the things that scare us and all the things that lift us, and everything in between. When we look back at 2020/21 and think what was all that about? his work will help us to remember and to see how far we've come.” – Rev. Kate Bottley
“A sublime collection of instinctive and honest poems that will undoubtedly serve as a poignant and definitive record of a challenging, turbulent year.” – Badly Drawn Boy
You can watch the recording of Paul's book launch on YouTube.