‘Andy Croft helps to keep us cheerful.’
Sticky is a book of poems about an age of imperial slaughter already sticky with blood and lies. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but depleted uranium really hurts us.
Sticky is a book about the stuck and the sticky, the straight and the crooked. Armed with only a pile of spooky sticks and a sticky file of spooks, Andy Croft sets off in search of the Land of Righteousness. He gets the wrong end of the stick in Vulgaria and finds himself in a sticky situation in Mudfog. When he meets the ghosts of Brecht, Bunyan and Baron Munchausen by the banks of the river Styx he realizes he can’t stick it any more. This is poetry for the pessimistick.
‘Wit and brio.’ The Guardian
‘The unofficial poet laureate of the North.’ Northern Echo
‘His Englishness resides in working-class and local concerns, unselfconscious while being consciously part of a Shelleyan political tradition.’ The North
'Andy Croft is an unreconstructed leftie of the old school, a fine poet who writes very skilfully in carefully formulated metrical stanzas and whose knack for resigned satire is possibly about to enjoy something of a resurgence'
Steve Spence, Stride Magazine, Oct 2011
‘[...] there’s a grand tradition of British poetry that ranges from Byron and before right through to music hall performers like Billy Bennett, and yes, dare I say it, Pam Ayres, that acknowledge the power of rhyme. I don’t think Andy Croft will object to being included in a line of popular poetry that pulls in all these people, […] he himself can do it skilfully.’
Jim Burns, Ambit, Issue 199
‘This is fine stuff, the voice lilting but infinitely sad. This is Picardy with roses blooming again.’
Tears in the Fence
Sticky costs £8.00 and was published in April 2009.
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