Norris Writing

The thoughts and publications of Chris and Val Norris

The Trouble with Monsters: Poems for Dark Times (Chris’s recent book of political verse)

This is to let you know that my book of political verse The Trouble with Monsters was published in paperback by Culture Matters on January 2nd 2019. The poems take aim at some monsters of our present bad times, among them Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Theresa May, George Osborne, Benjamin Netanyahu, and assorted hangers-on.  These politicians act as if they have said to themselves, like Milton’s Satan, ‘Evil, be thou my good’. They are held to account here in verse-forms that are tight and sharply focused despite the intense pressure of feeling behind them. The satire is unsparing and the dominant tone one of anger mixed with sorrow and a vivid sense of the evils and suffering brought about by corruptions of political office. The influence of Brecht is visible throughout, as is that of W.H. Auden’s mordant verse-commentary on politics and culture in the 1930s, along with the great eighteenth-century verse-satirists Dryden, Pope and Swift.

Norris leaves the reader in no doubt that we now face a global and domestic neo-fascist resurgence that won’t be defeated unless by concerted action on the part of left activists across borders of every sort. The book has a jacket design very much in keeping with its content: a specially commissioned cartoon by the Guardian’s Martin Rowson entitled ‘Donald, Jacob, Theresa – and look out for Boris!’

‘A unique combination of political anger and poetic ingenuity’ Terry Eagleton

117 pp; published January 2019; ISBN 978-1-912710-12-6

If you would like to have a copy of the book for £8 including UK postage please email me ( giving name and postal address. I’ll then get back to you with payment details.

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