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My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan   Edwards
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Edwards displays his proud Welsh heritage with poems reflecting on his family tree (e.g. “Building my Grandfather,” which starts “He comes flat-pack”) and the country’s landscape. One of my favorites was “View of Valleys Village from a Hill,” in which the narrator, with a God’s-eye view of his family, envisions messing around with them. The witty “In John F. Kennedy International Airport” imagines that Wales has been abolished and recreated in miniature in a small Kansas museum (a bit like Julian Barnes’s England, England).

Many of the later poems are profiles of ordinary folk – bouncers, karaoke singers, the girl behind the counter at Starbucks, and so on:

“the plumbers and plasterers, the ’leccies and lackeys, / the lofty young shifters and shifty old lifters, / the chippies and butties, the world and his mate.”

“His belly over his shorts is a landslide / which traps for days a hillside family cottage, / a school, a church, an entire alpine village”

The enjambment across stanzas, plus the way first lines often continue a phrase a title has started, means these are fluid and readable as well as humorous. (Winner of the 2014 Costa Poetry award.)
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Reading Progress

August 28, 2015 – Started Reading
August 28, 2015 – Shelved
August 29, 2015 – Shelved as: poetry
September 11, 2015 – Finished Reading

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