CSULA Department of English | Events
Wendy Cope will be the guest reader at the 2010 Jean Burden Poetry Reading. The event will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 6:30pm in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.
When Wendy Cope's debut collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, appeared in 1986, it was a publishing sensation, winning widespread critical praise and eventually selling 200,000 copies. Her subsequent books have received a similarly warm reception.
She is generally acknowledged to be one of the very best and cleverest poets of our time and the funniest, most spot-on parodist in English since Max Beerbohm.
The Jean Burden Poetry Readings are sponsored by CSULA’s Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Department of English. For additional information, please contact the Department of English (323) 343-4140.
ABOUT WENDY COPE
"Wendy Cope is without doubt the wittiest of contemporary English poets, and says a lot of extremely serious things."
"She should be given a medal for the number of reluctant readers of poetry, of all ages, she's laughingly and tunefully returned to the fold."
"A jet-age Tennyson."
FOUR POEMS BY WENDY COPE
Bloody men are like bloody buses—
You look at them flashing their indicators,
If you make a mistake, there is no turning back.
My heart has made its mind up
We make more fuss of ballads than of blueprints—
Whereas the person who can write a sonnet
Yes, life is hard if you choose engineering—
While well-heeled poets ride around in Daimlers,
No wonder small boys dream of writing couplets
By the Round Pond
You watch yourself. You watch the watcher too—
How strange to be the one behind a face,
You sit quite still and wonder when you’ll go.