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ISBN 9780954156350

Gay Abandon
Ribald Rhymes

‘Gay Abandon’, Clive Murphy’s seventh book of ribald rhymes, was published in October, 2011.

An aficionado writes:

"This is a kaleidoscopic whirligig of private and public figures caught momentarily, and often with their pants down, for dissection in verse – gays under the gaze of an eagle-eye. The clergy, in particular, receive several joshings and, in this category, there’s a hilarious series of execrable love poems from a dotty vicar to his icon, Russell Brand. In 91 pages of text, hypocrisy gets special notice, as do certain exponents of high-flown cruel campery. In the main, however, the poems are tonics consisting of the most refreshing, sparkling waters: they wink and bubble and burst forth in surges of joyous sexual absurdity and fun. Mr. Murphy is now 76. Long may he continue to analyse the ‘gay scene’ with such entertaining frankness.
We should be grateful that male homosexuality has so many aspects for him to tease out and to explore, using his masterly puns and rhyme-schemes. Here are some short examples of his wickedness.




Papal Bull

"The party's over.
No more clover."


Kneel, benighted.
Arise, delighted.


Not just twice,.
Would be nice."


The rubber doll he cherished