Trench Feet


A new satirical poem on the Great War centenary

A timely poetic challenge to the centenary clichés about the First World War

O, greatcoats and duckboards, ponies and rats,
poppies and skeletons, mud and tin hats!

The centenary of the Great War has arrived and bright, ambitious academic, Jeremy Button, is determined to turn it to his advantage with a TV series on the poets of the war.  But things do not go according to plan…

Following the success of Get Real! my 2011 verse satire on the Coalition Government, this new poem lampoons the clichés currently being trundled into position to ‘celebrate’ the centenary of the outbreak of War in 1914.

‘It is the wit that does the real damage in this bravura display of finely controlled outrage.’ – Times Literary Supplement on Get Real!

‘this witty and erudite lampoon’ – Poetry Book Society Bulletin Autumn 2014

See this review in Poetry Wales.


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