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A Millipede with Gout

Andrew Neil Blewitt

What do a tipsy aunt, a buxom nurse, an impious choirboy, a none-to-clever clairvoyant, a cheeky tearaway, a pompous city gent, a crabby war veteran and a blasé lieutenant have in common? All provide ideas for these comic poems – a mixture of gentle humour and intelligent observation. Inspiration comes from classic poetry, war, weird and wonderful creatures, flora and fauna, fairy tales, the absurdities of the English language and, above all else, good old-fashioned everyday life. Where we might take these for granted, Andrew Neil Blewitt would turn into beautiful poetry, deftly plucking creative notions and phrases seemingly from nowhere. He adored writing poetry and playing with words and was working on the collection until a fortnight before his death. A delightful, fascinating and very British collection of modern poems.

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Andrew Neil Blewitt 1930 - 2009 With his ready wit and puckish delight in human foibles, Neil enjoyed turning his thoughts into humorous verse. Early retirement gave him the chance to indulge his long-held wish to write. He constantly honed his skills and polished words and nuances. He said, ‘ A poem is never finished; it is always a matter for negotiation.’He read widely and with great enjoyment. He admired the verbal dexterity of Nash and Gilbert and the punning of Hood. He felt in tune with the humanity of Cowper and Hood, while his battered copy of Longfellow’s works was a constant companion.