The Floozie in Free Verse

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Second runner-up in a competition our Year 4 teacher created exclusively for our class is as far as we got with the writing of poetry. It began "Encased in a tangled web of deceit..." and somehow got increasingly tortured from there. For an altogether more rewarding read, we recommend This is Not Your Final Form, an anthology of poems about Birmingham. Published today, the text features 33 sets of cleverly ordered words, plus illustrations including one of The River, rather better known as a certain Floozie in a certain Jacuzzi. She gets her own poem and everything. Order the anthology on the interweb, or pick up a copy in that little know bookshop, Waterstones. It's a tenner.

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