Where Earwigs Dare

By Matt Harvey Illustrated by David Hughes

Where Earwigs Dare
Paperback, 96 pages £9.95
Published: 14th September 2010
ISBN: 9781900322874
Format: 210mm x 148mm


With celebratory verses on vegetables and vagueness; insects and alcohol; kippers, quantum physics, and recycling, Matt Harvey's collection of poems exuberantly reaffirms his status as someone who's really good at this sort of thing. Horticultural, whimsical, ecological, political, and just plain funny, Where Earwigs Dare contains a rich biodiversity of verse—some recycled from Matt's appearances on Radio 4's Saturday Live and his stint writing “Desktop Poetry” for the Guardian, others that bubbled doggedly up of their own accord from a grim sense of joie de vivre. There's enough stuff about potatoes and leeks, about clouds, sheds, and slugs to qualify as a Green Book—and enough about kippers and cows, pain relief, petty theft, and public nudity to qualify as a typical Harvey offering. There is also an introduction to Empath Man, contemporary superhero who fights crime through his advanced listening skills and ability to stay open and vulnerable in a tight situation.


The company of leeks                                                         

Cloud appreciation                                                              

A watched clock                                                                 


The full empathic mile                                                          

Through a glass hardly                                                        

Empath man                                                                       

Think before you print this poem                                           


The innocent everyday ocean                                               

About a bee                                                                        

Water-cooler moments                                                        

Silence of the dominoes                                                      


The amazing memory man’s magical memories                     

My kind of town                                                                  

Two-way domestic Totnestic acrostic                                    

Jazz Geometry                                                                   


The whole potato                                                                 

Oh Potato                                                                          


Rob the Rubbish                                                                 

Cuddling with humans                                                         

If I said you had a bit of a problem would you hold it against me?  

Not tonight dear, I have a Blackberry                                     

Don’t ask                                                                           

Ballad of the tropical systematic botanist                              

The prune stone oracle [illustrated by David Hughes]              

Where earwigs dare                                                            



Present tense                                                                     

Less is more                                                                      

Kippers for life                                                                     

On the tendency toward gender stereotyping among homeworkers

Wilfred from Ilford                                                                

The neither here or there man                                               

Upturn for the turnip                                                             


Let them speak Latin                                                           

Works perks                                                                       

Ho bloody ho                                                                      

Mind the gap                                                                      

Client of the Year                                                                

Wondermental things                                                          

Life is so much easier with effective analgesia                       


Charge of the late brigade                                                    



Onward city moments                                                         

By 5pm Tuesday

"With wordplay, wistfulness, poignancy and po-faced cheek, Matt Harvey's second collection of poems is an amusing and rewarding read."

- Positive News - Winter 10/11

Matt Harvey

Poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey performs up and down the country at festivals, cabarets, conferences and colleges. He is founder of Wondermentalist, the comedy-infused, musically-enhanced slightly interactive poetry cabaret with resident superhero. His consuming interest in the core concerns of contemporary society has led him into many interesting shops.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 96 pages
ISBN: 9781900322874
Format: 210mm x 148mm

BISAC Code:  POE000000
Imprint: Green Books

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