It's Not Personal

Nigel Pantling


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Smith|Doorstop Books
1 September 2020
ISBN: 9781912196357
73 pages

From the publisher

It’s Not Personal evokes a life, from childhood in the Fifties through the challenges and eccentricities of the workplace, to the unpredictability of family, love and death. These are poems concerned with truth; but just as importantly, with what it means to tell a story.

The prevailing tone is one of cool detachment, often preceding a final punch-line which punctures pomposity or undermines the official version of some event … These are very accessible poems, well-crafted and shaped with deft choices of word and phrase – London Grip on Hip Hind Hook

Timely, satirical and razor-sharp poems – Michael Symmons Roberts, on Kingdom, Power, Glory

Straightforward, precise, and subtly ironic language – Carole Satyamurti, on Kingdom, Power, Glory