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Open Heart University: Poems

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Following the bestselling Small Sreams of a Scorpion comes this second collection of the poems of Spike Milligan.

'Somewhere inside the Goon, a small-sized William Blake is always struggling to get out and make himself heard' - Punch

'Compassionate, perceptive, outraged and tender' - Evening News

'Remarkably accomplished...lyrical, touching, sad, wise and wryly funy' - Sunday
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Hardcover, 71 pages
Published by Not Avail (first published 1979)
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Glyven
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Best known in the US for his work as a comedian and member of the Goons, Spike Milligan was also deeply depressed and suffered from severe bipolar disorder. He once notoriously attempted to kill fellow Goon Peter Sellers amidst one of Milligan's many nervous breakdowns (his attempt was foiled when he walked through Sellers's plate-glass front door).

Amply illustrated--most impressively by Spike's daughter, Laura--the poems in this collection are brief, poignantly introspective, bitterly reflecti
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Rachel
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite collections of poetry, I have most of the memorized :) not the humour you might expect from Milligan, these are mainly heartfelt, thoughtful pieces about relationships and feelings, and humanity's treatment of animals.
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Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan, known as Spike, was a comedian, writer and musician. He was of Irish descent, but spent most of his childhood in India and lived most of his later life in England, moving to Australia after retirement. He is famous for his work in The Goon Show, children's poetry and a series of comical autobiographical novels about his experiences serving in the British Army in ...more