A Glass Half Full

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Hutchinson, 2002 - 203 pages
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A collection of original verse by the maverick multi-millionaire publisher Felix Dennis. Whilst undergoing tests in a clinic for a mysterious and debilitating illness Felix Dennis felt a sudden compulsion to try his hand at a 'spot of poetry'; 'That was September 13, 1999. I know because I automatically inserted the date at the top, as is my habit, when making notes in the office. I did not write another poem until August 2000, after the first line had paced unbidden within my thoughts for some days, like a dog carrying its lead to an absent minded owner. In early October 2000 I began seriously to get down to it working three to five hours every day writing or revising poetry. It felt like a dam had broken. Seventeen months later, there are 303 poems in my groaning slip file - a file which accompanies me wherever I travel. The 'spot of poetry' has become a fully fledged obsession. It comes every day, relentlessly, in tidal wave after tidal wave. Once I deliberately attempted a week without reading or composing any poetry. I cracked after four days. Marooned in a sea of verse, I do not desire to ever reach land again.'

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"Stands the glass half empty,/ Or stands the glass half full?/ Hand me the decanter, man,/ I'll take another pull." In September 1999, at the age of 52, while in the hospital for an unspecified ... Read full review

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Publisher and poet Felix Dennis was one of Britain's most colourful maverick millionaires. Imprisoned in 1971 as co-editor of OZ magazine and acquitted on appeal, he founded his own magazine publishing company in 1973 and made millions with the sale of Personal Computer World and MacUser in the mid-eighties. Today, Dennis Publishing remains a privately owned company with headquarters in London and New York City. Titles include The Week, Auto Express, Maxim, Men's Fitness and Computer Shopper. Following a life-threatening illness, his first collection of poetry, A Glass Half Full was published by Hutchinson and the second, Lone Wolf, in 2004. Eight more collections followed, accompanied by sell-out reading tours on both sides of the Atlantic. The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection is awarded yearly, as part of the Forward Prizes for Poetry. As a lover of trees, his lifetime ambition was the planting of a large native broadleaf forest in Warwickshire. He had homes in England, the USA, St Vincent and the Grenadines and died of cancer in June 2014 at his home in Warwickshire.

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