The Failed Idealist’s Guide to the Tatty Truth
Published by Burning Eye Books
In The Failed Idealist’s Guide To The Tatty Truth Fergus McGonagal takes as his starting point Ogden Nash’s notion of a poem being an essay which rhymes. With this in mind he targets the unsentimental truth about parenthood, pseudo-intellectual pretentiousness, pomposity, and the idealism of youth giving way to the disappointment of middle-age in poems that are performance-friendly rhyme-fests beneath whose manic laughter there lies a grain of truth. Always comic, occasionally erudite, sometimes ranting Fergus is equally comfortable writing formal poetry some of which, remarkably enough as it turns out, is ideally suited to performance.