Not quite the man for the job.


For my A-Z Book Challenge I have chosen a poetry book that I used when teaching poetry to boys in high school.  This book, Not Quite the Man for the Job by Adam Ford, just clicked with teenaged boys.  He knew what they could relate to and the book appealed to their sense of fun.

My copy of the book is quite dog-eared now as it has had so much use.  The poetry in the book is very modern, very now, and yet it can be linked to classic poems for comparison.  Gradually I was able to get the boys to admit that they actually liked poetry which was not something they would admit at the beginning of the course.

Sadly the book is out of print but it is likely to be released as an ebook in the near future.

From the front page of the book:

. . . .friends, lovers, goldfish, music, coffee, bikes, beards, shopping malls, road rage, laundromats, TV, pizza,  space whales, concrete fairies and the message on a girl’s knee. . . . .

Adam Ford celebrates the smaller details of everyday life and love in the city.  Sharp, tender, often funny, always authentic, he catches familiar things and offers them to us in all their strange mystery. (Michael Leunig)

I would love to have shared at least one poem with you but because of copyright I am unable to do so.  You will just have to take my word for it, that it is a great poetry book.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Shame you couldn’t share a poem, I didn’t know you weren’t allowed to quote like that – even if you give the source and make it clear you’re only quoting someone else’s work?

    1. suth2 says:

      The copyright in the front of the book stated that you needed the permission of the author. Fortunately the author has contacted me, after seeing that I had mentioned the book on my blog, and he has given permission for me to share a couple of the poems.

      1. Hooray! That’s great news, I’m looking forward to reading them.

  2. Adam Ford says:

    I don’t mind if you reproduce a couple of poems from the book. Please feel free to if you like.

    1. suth2 says:

      Thank you for that. I will take up your offer.

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