The Salford Bard, Emperor of Punk and self proclaimed ‘King of Modern Poetry’ Dr John Cooper Clarke has published his first collection of poems in over thirty years,The Luckiest Guy Alive.

From the ‘Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman’ to a hymn to the seductive properties of the pie – by way of hand-grenade haikus, machine-gun ballads and a meditation on the loss of Bono’s leather pants – The Luckiest Guy Alive collects stunning set pieces, tried-and-tested audience favourites and brand new poems to show Cooper Clarke still effortlessly at the top of his game.

The collection comes ahead of Cooper Clarke’s UK tour this November, which includes a date at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

Cooper Clarke shot to fame in the 70s and became one of the defining voices of his generation. He released a string of albums in the late 70s and 80s. His work has crossed cultures, art forms and continents.

Outliving the punk scene he came to prominence in, the performance poet’s trademark look continues to inspire and resonate with young fashionistas and his impact on modern music is huge.


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