Les Hopton takes the reader back to the mid twentieth century in An East Anglian Odyssey in Poetry. In Victory in Europe, he reminisces; "They celebrated all night long, with food, drink, dance, and song, the people had earned the right, to celebrate on V.E. Night." The poems are often interspersed with beautiful imagery, evoking a sense of nostalgia. In The Bluebells, Hopton describes how, "Their blooms, azure, a sheer delight, seek out between the branches, shafts of light. There they inspire us with the hue, those special carpets of dazzling blue." A diverse collection to dip into and enjoy.
Les Hopton was born in 1940 in Rayleigh, Essex. He went through education at Love Lane infants and juniors then on to Hockley Road secondary modern schools, never really shining. Reports said he was a pleasant boy and tried hard. Perhaps that was it; he never had to try harder, being happy with his lot.
Flights of Poetry
Fifty Shades of Poetry
Thoughts of Time
Creatures that Lurk in the Deep, Dark Forest
Apollinaire, Cocteau & Others: French Poets of the Great War
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