Finding a Leg to Stand On: New & Selected Poems
Published by Bloodaxe Books
Connie Bensley’s poems are sharply satirical, often poking fun at social pretence and suburban pretension. They present a comedy of manners in which mismatched characters are bounced between love, death and disappointment. Hers is a seemingly small world but one which spans a whole universe of everyday life. Finding a Leg to Stand On is a retrospective selection of her delightfully pointed poems drawn from six collections published over three decades, plus new work. ‘Connie Bensley’s poems are not only funny but truthful.
‘It makes for a wonderful, sad, cynical experience, as if La Rochefoucauld were meeting Alan Bennett over tea and cakes’ – Ross Cogan, Orbis
'Someone who can write with panache about the insouciant pleasure given by a new bra and the coital habits of camels is worth reading' – Helen Dunmore, Poetry Review
‘If Alan Ayckbourn wrote poetry instead of plays, he would sound something like Connie Bensley…like Ayckbourn she has the comic's knack of placing a lot of weight on thin-shouldered words, words blurred by common currency which are suddenly brought into sharp focus and don't really want to be. Beyond the laughs there's great poignancy' – Adam Thorpe, Observer
'She is a deft satirist and mistress of characterisation… Rich experience of life mixed with a sharp intelligence is the recipe for her satirical sense and darker observations' – Sarah Wardle, Poetry Review
Connie Bensley was born in south-west London, and has always lived there, apart from wartime evacuation. Until her retirement she worked as a secretary to doctors and to an M.P. and as a medical copywriter. Her latest book from Bloodaxe is Finding a Leg to Stand On: New & Selected Poems (2012), which presents new work with poems drawn from six previous collections: Progress Report and Moving In, originally published by Peterloo Poets, and four later books published by Bloodaxe: Central Reservations (1990), Choosing To Be a Swan (1994), The Back & the Front of It (2000) and Private Pleasures (2007)