This mini anthology is a wonderful introduction to the countless poems written about fathers and fatherhood.
Father William is present, of course, a feisty figure who reminds us that age is entitled to have the last word.
There’s affection and humour, alongside tender remembrance.
In one poem a father carries his young daughter on his shoulders after a trip to the pantomime and realises how precious such moments are:
“And I clutch you tightly for fear you blow away
For fear you grow up to soon ….
… And sensing this, I hold you tighter still.”
from ‘Cinders’ by Roger McGough.