Poolside Poetry was written on the beautiful island of Cyprus.
It contains a wide variety of observational and humour-laden poems, like the ones about Helios, the God-like pool attendant, with striking Greek looks and very small... brain.
There’s verse about the suffocating heat and shenanigans around the pool and inside the hotel bar. There’s the visit to the Flea Market, and just across the sea, reflective poetry about the war that raged between Israel and Lebanon at the time.
Poolside Poetry attempts to peel away the different layers of Cyprus's personality and bring it to life. It's a beautiful country with a lot going on, but above all else, the book describes the daily torment and struggle of what it is to be Scottish, pale, and living under a 100 degree sun.
Poolside Poetry is the first in a series of two chapbooks.
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About the Author
Chas Stramash is a poet. He has been a poet since 2000. Not because of it, merely a coincidence. He started off writing poetry about lava lamps, cows, grass and such like. He now writes poems about places, people, events, observations, countries, politics, culture, coffee… in fact, anything is pretty much within scope these days. His poems are influenced by John Cooper Clarke, Spike Milligan, Luke Wright, Salena Godden, Byron Vincent, and Rick Lupert. Much of his poetry is observational, often humorous, and very often satirical. His work has occasionally been compared with Spike Milligan’s, but he would never entertain the notion himself. He has written one book of poetry for kids, which he takes with him as he travels around the country and reads to the wee people of Scotland, giving out free bookmarks and stickers as he goes. He has published two books of poetry for adults. He has yet to read these publicly but is aching to do so. His books are published by Smashing Press, based in Leith. Chas enjoys walking around Edinburgh, stopping for coffee, eating cheese late at night, drinking in Scotland, Spain and Greece, reading, rabbit taming, tropical fish keeping, good curry houses and music. Chas Stramash is an accomplished fake faller.