The purpose of this book is to examine and evaluate the accessibility of Roger McGough's message to a wide, general readership, as well as appraising it by the most rigorous literary standards, and will challenge and answer the notion that his popularity and commercial success indicate lack of intellectual integrity. Rather than addressing his association with musical groups, or his appearances on stage, or television and radio performances, the attention will be focused on publications and readings of his serious poetry.
Ben Wright is Professor of English at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Foreword by Clive Bush; Foreword by Grevel Lindop; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Biography and Voice - Poetic Signature; 2. Maturing Poetics; 3. The Dark Side; 4. Resuscitating the Commonplace, Revivifying the Idiom: McGough's Resurrectionist Poetic; 5. A firecracker under the dead hand of time, or a volcano to light the way to bed; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.