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Out of print for years, John Cooper Clarke's only printed collection of poetry has been reissued so that new generations will have a chance to experience his work....

Title : Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt
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ISBN : 9780099583769
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Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-03-19 08:01

    the boys are on the wagonthe girls are on the shelftheir common problemis that they're not someone elseJohn Cooper Clarke is an English-a Northern English-performance poet, notably popular during the punk years of the late 70s and early 80s. Primarily, he focuses on performance of poetry with musical backing (having achieved a UK Top 40 single) and his poetry has rarely been seen written down, except by his own eyes when he reads them out on 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown.Poetry is the ultimate of subjective arts. Poets write down what they mean, and readers read what they think it means. Whether or not the poet intended that or not is none of their business. Poetry is also the most hit-and-miss of the arts: even the same poet can produce the ultimate dross whilst also achieving a level of profoundness hitherto put the cunt in scunthorpeyou put the pain in spainhappy days are done forand you're the one i blameReflecting the performance nature of his poetry, John Cooper Clarke's poems here are lacking in punctuation and therefore roll off the tongue beautifully. The majority are full of rhymes-which in my very silly opinion all poetry must achieve-and are often vulgar if not full of swearing. It is interesting to note that, scientifically, the more intelligent you are the more likely you are to swear using a wider range of swear words.This is the only written collection of his poems, which is a shame because he's an important figure-though he'd kill me for saying that-poetically and culturally. Despite the hit-and-miss nature of poetry-and this collection is no exception-this is part of that fight back from many modern-day poets, wherein they are retaking poetry back from the languid romantics who wrote everything down ("recollected in tranquility" as Wordsworth so eloquently put it) and instead are throwing it out to the people en masse. Poetry is meant to be spoken-that's the great oral tradition, and it shouldn't matter what the subject matter is as long as it's being read aloud.Most of these went straight over my head in all honesty. First published in the early 90s with them being written earlier: their references were cold to me. Unlikely to decrease or increase my enjoyment if they are, that horrible, detestable word, "relatable", it is saying something and that's all that matters. Sometimes it's not saying something you agree with, which is also fine. More often than not it is good old Northern sarcasm.Though the one thing I can never forgive John for is his detest of the countryside.Not featured in this collection (a damnéd shame I say), here is a limerick-one of John's favourite styles of poetry:Two ugly sisters from FordhamTook a walk one day out of boredomOn the way backA sex maniacJumped out of a bush and ignored 'em.

  • Jason
    2019-03-25 08:20

    This is the first book I've read by JCC and I guess you gotta see him perform to really get the feel of his poems, to me on this first reading they all feel a bit simple, I was expecting something more cheeky/punk.The intro is brilliant, a little bit about JCC's life and about how he was brought up (Could have been written by Dali). A lot of poets watch people and write what they see, JCC does this, but what he sees is not what anybody else would see, I hope that is his intention and he isn't writing like this just to make things rhyme nicely. A couple of stand out poems (mainly cos they were rude ) were "A love story is reverse" reminded me of that Pogues Christmas song and by far the best was "Evidently chicken Town" where the word f***ing is used 82 times.The poems are accompanied by some top notch illustrations by Steve Maguire, some real surreal pictures and plenty of boobs for me to enjoy.

  • Dave Taylor
    2019-03-14 02:56

    I'm not really a huge poetry fan, but over the years I've listened to John Cooper Clarke on the radio and on TV. I've always enjoyed his lyricism, his ability to have a pop at the status quo whilst rhyming words that don't necessarily rhyme and of course his amazing hair :o).This is a sort of humorous autobiography slash collection of his most repeated and recognisable poems and in that respect it works as a great starting point for anyone interested in poetry with bite.JCC has garnered a unique perspective from a lifetime spent observing the grittier more down to earth non-romanticised world. He tells it like it is with wit and (more often than not) a dead pan delivery that belies the seriousness of the subject.

  • Hall's Bookshop
    2019-03-04 01:57

    NSFW, or indeed for kids, though they might get the most out of the Bard of Salford. Watch along with Youtube for best results - I particularly enjoyed the one-upmanship of insults in "Love Story Told In Reverse".

  • Felix Ortiz
    2019-03-05 07:06

    It's great, but it's SPOKEN word. I love his stuff, but the delivery is also a major factor in it.

  • John
    2019-03-23 01:20

    Priceless! Like JCC. Steve Maguire's illustrations are an added bonus.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-27 06:59

    When I was 15, I was pretty certain that poetry just wasn't for me. I could see why others liked it, but nothing I'd read so far really seemed to be speaking to me. And then, hidden away on a punk mix-tape (I was at least 15 years out to have actually been there), I stumbled across Kung Fu International.Poetry was no longer just the province of long-dead men in cravats contemplating the nature of love, but of men in drain-pipes, contemplating the nature of getting your head kicked in in a phone box. Something told me that this dude was more punk than anyone else snarling away on my tape, but little did I know then that Kung Fu International wasn't even his best.Ten Years In an Open Necked Shirt is a brilliant collection of John Cooper Clarke, which includes my favourite (Evidently Chickentown) as well as more of his other best and most-known works, plus a few others.Full of acerbic wit, this is full of lines I'd like to memorise so that I can pull them out the next time I'm called upon for a witty comeback (or so I can spew A Love Story In Reverse at them, if they've really annoyed me. The only reason this is getting a 4 rather than a 5 is solely down to not hearing them spoken in Clarke's nasal, Salford twang (although my imagination did its best to supply it).**Also posted at Randomly Reading and Ranting**

  • Amy
    2019-03-03 02:03

    Love you, John Cooper Clarke

  • Richard
    2019-03-03 00:05

    John Cooper Clarke is one of the greatest performance poets alive to today.One time junkie, superb raconteur, brilliantly funny and a great guy.Had the pleasure of working with him and spending evenings talking, and sharing tales of rock and roll excesses.A genius.This is I think out-of-print, but if you ca get hold of a copy, it has some of his greatest poems...Better still - go see him perform them live. He does do occasional shows, and it's a treat.

  • Peter Hall
    2019-02-28 07:55

    Punk poetry, patchy, polemic, probably preferable performed.

  • John
    2019-03-25 05:05

    Magnificent! I only recently got into JCC's work (through his three albums from the late 70s and early 80s) but this book seemed to have been out of print for decades.Reading these poems with the music (most but not all of these poems were used on the albums mentioned above) is a wonderful experiece - they're funny, angry, sad and about a dozen other emotions - sometimes in the same poem. Several were new to me - 'I must not go down to the sea again' is one such - and, like the others I already knew, did not disapoint.A special mention must go to Steve Maguire's illustrations, which are absolutely superb. Now if only JCC would bring out a collected works, with Maguire illustrating...

  • Rachel Louise Atkin
    2019-03-19 06:12

    Right guys, John Cooper Clarke is incredible.Ten Years is the only collection of his works that was ever printed, but it stands as a landmark for both punk and poetry in the 1980s. His words, his rhythm and his method of rhyming is simultaneously curious and faultless. The poems are surreal, yet highlight the dissolution and collapse of culture in Britain. His works are an acquired taste, but I've been in love with him ever since I first heard him read 'Evidently Chickentown'. They are all definitely meant to be spoken and I would recommend finding his performances online, but they are so uncompromising that you can get just as much by reading them on the page.

  • Chent Higson
    2019-03-09 01:20

    Love John Cooper Clarke's poetry, but I think you've gotta listen to him perform a few of his poems to get used to his style and lack of punctuation before you read him. And to get an idea of his voice in your head so you can read them in it, seeing as he writes poetry to be performed rather than read flat off the page. Favourite poems from this collection are definitely Evidently Chicken Town, A Love Story in Reverse, and Kung Fu International

  • Ray
    2019-03-09 05:16

    I found this book in a pile of remainders. Oh joy. I have always liked JCC's poetry but usually I have listened to him on CD rather than read his work - now I have my own copy. Anyone who can rhyme ransacked and dhansaked gets my vote of approval.Note to the faint hearted - its a bit swearyMy fave is "twat" - "You’ve got this slippery quality/it makes me think of phlegm/and a dual personality/I hate both of them"

  • Jaz
    2019-03-10 00:11

    The quality of this re-print is a bit shoddy - Steve Maguire's excellent artwork is poorly reproduced on super cheap paper. Still, you can't deny the quality of JCC's work, and some of his very best are gathered in this small volume. Definitely recommended, then, but try and pick up a 2nd hand copy of the earlier edition if you can!

  • Samuel
    2019-02-27 05:09

    Up there with the greats as an influential and unflinching poet who was (and still is) in touch with the working class and knew the truth about Broken Britain. These poems are laugh-out-loud, some disturbing, some scarily accurate but all are told through JCC's scintillating wit and wry, sharp edge. Great to dip into now and then for a hearty guffaw.

  • David
    2019-03-26 02:59

    Overall, a bit of a mixed bag, this book. There are some really great, classic JCC poems here, but there are some others that -- for me -- were just okay. Fortunately there is enough good stuff to make it a worthwhile purchase (or gift). I'm glad I've got it, and I'll doubtless go back to it time and again for some quick reads.4 Stars is probably a touch high: more like 3.6 or 3.7 ish.

  • Strong Extraordinary Dreams
    2019-03-22 23:58

    Interesting rather than great. Poetry (for me) is meant to be GREAT, the best possible, and this is just OK: it rhymes, they are about some interesting things, and it doesn't amount to much. More like lyrics.

  • Lucas
    2019-03-20 01:18

    Best read along with Youtube or a CD, but equally great fun in terms of sheer verbal dexterity.

  • Jake
    2019-03-05 01:02

    lots of fun to read aloud in an over the top mancunian accent. personal favourites are: majorcakung fu international i married a monster from outer spacenothingevidently chicken townbeezley streetsuspended sentenceconditional discharge

  • Sarah Johnston
    2019-03-11 23:59

    Reminds me of when I visited the Salvador Dali museum 16 I didn't appreciate what I was looking at so I thought it was very random and bizarre. I feel the same about this poetry. It Is random and bizarre but I don't feel experienced enough to appraise properly. what I would say is there is some good use of metre and rhyme yet some forced rhymes and some just plain odd collections of words. There are elements that's are crude and there are I few I wonder what they were supposed to be about. I m glad I read it as it has shown me how poetry can be used in modern day situations and scenes.

  • David Sinck
    2019-03-04 08:10

    John Cooper Clarke cuts an unlikely figure on my poetry shelf, along side Eliot, Larkin, Hughes and the rest. Yet he belongs there absolutely, a brilliant chronicler of life, love and nipples in the "Daily Express" (Or lack of them). A slim volume but full of nourishment.

  • Kerry Anne
    2019-03-25 04:18

    Im not very big into poetry, but this beautiful genius man has shown me a new side. His bold and outrageous language brings humour and intellect. I highly recommend anyone ready this book, if you like poetry or not. Its a great read. John cooper clark = legend

  • Simon Purdy
    2019-03-03 00:06

    A really great, memorable collection of poetry. John Cooper Clarke, fantastic poet. Love his writing, as a reader of poetry it's a great challenge to find such talent - a talent that leaves a permanent mark in your heart and in your soul. Fantastic writing.

  • Bob Hartley
    2019-03-20 02:53

    I like Clarke, I've seen him live. We requested Love Story in Reverse by screaming "twat" at the stage. This book, then, reads like an album by a band I've downloaded a few songs of. My only qualm's the same line at the end of a stanza thing.

  • Beth Younge
    2019-03-03 04:05

    , I have been a fan of Dr. Cooper-Clarke for the past couple of years and found this in a local book shop. I loved the poems and love how his voice is so distinctive and funny. It's a huge joy to see him live and go watch him here!

  • Trevor
    2019-03-13 05:02

    a true genius.

  • Joshua
    2019-03-14 07:55

    JCC - Accessible, Funny and Beautiful

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  • Jessica Lucy Tresadern
    2019-03-21 07:04

    'Love Song in Reverse' is possibly my new favourite piece of poetry. I enjoyed reading these aloud to myself as only then could I appreciate the cadences of the language choices :)