Yay! by Robert Garnham
‘What I love most about Robert Garnham is that he seems naïve and childish enough to believe that poetry can be for the actual pleasure of the reader. He is excellent company. In short he’s an excellent poet with an inimitable voice and a nice smile. There’s warmth in his whimsy, it’s sturdy not flimsy. Where others might proffer inanity he offers humanity.’
- Matt Harvey
You know how it is when the summer comes, and you have an album which you play over and over, which seems to sum up a very particular time and place? In which each song seems to sing of life and the very joy of living it? Yay! Is a collection of upbeat poems for uncertain times, poems of imagination and escape, whimsy and warmth, humanity and honesty. From a man trapped in a toilet in a motorbike museum with a cistern which refuses to flush, to a small town in West Virginia in which absolutely everything has a suddenly erotic undertone, via Scratch 'n' Sniff hieroglyphs and the world's most mediocre circus, these poems are a veritable celebration of life from the Professor of Whimsy.
Robert Garnham has been performing comedy poetry around the UK for over twelve years at various fringes and festivals, theatres and poetry events. He has made a few short TV adverts for a certain bank, and a joke from one of his shows was listed among the funniest of the Edinburgh Fringe. He was recently an answer on the TV quiz show Pointless. Lately he has been writing short stories for magazines and a humorous newspaper column. During his career he has performed on a moving train, in a florist’s, on a boat and on a bus, as well as headlining at the legendary LGBT Duplex Cabaret in New York. He has won poetry slams in London, Edinburgh, Exeter and Totnes. He also provides vocals and lyrics for the experimental jazz fashion band Croydon Tourist Office.His inspirations are eclectic and include Laurie Anderson, Ivor Cutler, Salena Godden, Rachel Pantechnicon, Douglas Adams, Pet Shop Boys, John Hegley, Alan Bennett, Jerry Seinfeld, Pam Ayres, Dandy Darkly, Frank O’Hara, MargOH! Channing, David Byrne and Spalding Gray.
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