The Wrong Ancient Mariner
A light-hearted mixture of parody, pastiche, satire, humour and wild improbability, this is a stocking-filler and all-year-round gift for grown-ups who deserve something more original than the usual socks, golf balls, chocolates or pot-plants.
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Martin Parker is a writer of mainly light and humorous verse much of which has appeared in national publications including The Spectator, The Oldie and The Literary Review.
In 2008 Martin founded the quarterly light verse webzine, Lighten Up Online at www.lightenup-online.co.uk, now edited by Jerome Betts.
The Wrong Ancient Mariner's cargo includes Shakespeare's plan for a weekly 'soap'; a viciously modern Jenny's prosecution of a man whom she had kissed long ago; wild parties at Pooh's; Philip Larkin's views on child carol singers; Mrs Polonius's attempt to sell a damaged arras; John Betjeman as a part-time trapeze artiste; Minnehaha's unexpected use for a paper-shredder, and a statement of amatory intent from an eager team of Dairylea Cheese Triangles.
A light-hearted mixture of parody, pastiche, satire, humour and wild improbability.