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By: Patrick Henry

A Virus in Wry Verse

Pages: 48 Ratings: 4.5
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This poem sequence charts an international route through countries which the author visited before 2020 and which are now facing the pandemic crisis, beyond the usual problems of living.


The book attempts to imagine or recall how people respond to such trials, catching this sense within the concise shape of a poem.

The author was born in Scarborough where he lives again now after spending time in London and various regions of the UK, as well as abroad in Denmark, France, Cyprus, the USA and Australia. He has worked for Customs and Excise and in the Royal Air Force and the Royal Mail, along with various jobs in bookshops, farms and factories.


He has made documentary films, translated French books, published poems and stories in small press. He has had painting exhibitions in several countries.

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  • Jacqueline Bortoft

    This is a terrific book of poems. While the world has been in lockdown due to a global virus, this poet has been keeping an eye on the news from various parts of the world. As names came up that resonated with his own memories of travels through these parts and knowledge gleaned there, he has conjoured into being specific place located poems to amuse and titillate the sense of how we have all, in different ways been affected in this strange time. Its a great record of a time and a life well lived.

  • Martin Bates

    A trip around the world in poetry form - to explore and ponder the trials and tribulations faced around the world. Very thought-provoking one worth revisiting.

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