Book Review. If I Don’t Know by Wendy Cope

Wendy Cope is brilliant at writing poems about the simplest of subjects, the smallest of moments and crafting them into something less ordinary. You end up looking at something in a different way. That’s the magic poetry possesses, right?  
You read through the poems in If I Don't Know and then you get to the long form poem The Teacher’s Tale, which blew me away. It demonstrates the effect a kind teacher can have on your entire life, as well as the result of living in a purely functional home as you grow up. It evoked memories of similar experiences I had growing up. 

I don’t go to parties. Well, what are they for, 

If you don’t need to find a new lover? 

You drink and you listen and drink a bit more

And you take the next day to recover.

Someone to stay home with was all my desire

And, now that I’ve found a safe mooring,

I’ve just one ambition in life: I aspire 

To go on and on being boring.

If I Don’t Know by Wendy Cope

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