I enjoy listening to Kenny read, but being able to spend some time alone with the poem allows me to revisit lines, contemplate them for longer than a few seconds of speech, and either try to crack the top surface of his writing or simply get pleasure from simmering in a baffled state of enjoyment of the lyric.
The poetry in A Long Weekend On The Sofa makes you think. It is a thinker’s book.
One of my favourite poems from Kenny’s new collection is titled ‘The Van Dike Club’. Aside from conjuring images of a scene I wish I’d been alive to be part of, there is a real anti-establishment vibe from this piece. The following quote highlights what I mean...
If you buy this book, I recommend following it’s ‘Ronseal’s 5year Wood Stain’ title. Flick open the pages and take a long weekend on the sofa so you can fully appreciate the layers, ideas, nostalgia and humour of this brilliant sequel to The Honicknowle Book of the Dead.