Roger McGough Interview

Emma Brockes interviews Roger McGough for The Guardian November 14th 2005

Roger McGough likes to think he is the model for what his fellow poet, Wendy Cope, calls a Tump: a Typically Useless Male Poet. He can’t drive. He is indecisive – or rather, he is accused of being indecisive and denies it (“If I decide to be indecisive, that’s my decision”). He broods. He is impractical. When he sits down to write, he thinks, gloomily: “Just what the world needs, another book of poetry.” With fondness he supports Cope’s conclusion: “Bloody useless.”

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