Devon’s professor of whimsical poetry and theatre is back with his third Burning Eye collection – Yay! The book follows Robert through a dreamlike sequence of queer surrealism, small town pleasures and a good helping of Robert’s signature whimsy that will leave you gagging for a cuppa tea and the sudden urge to join a cabaret..

Join Robert tomorrow night (21 May) for the digital launch of Yay! with special guests!

You know how it is when the summer comes, and you have an album which you play over and over, which seems to sum up a very particular time and place? In which each song seems to sing of life and the very joy of living it? Yay! Is a collection of upbeat poems for uncertain times, poems of imagination and escape, whimsy and warmth, humanity and honesty. From a man trapped in a toilet in a motorbike museum with a cistern which refuses to flush, to a small town in West Virginia in which absolutely everything has a suddenly erotic undertone, via Scratch ‘n’ Sniff hieroglyphs and the world’s most mediocre circus, these poems are a veritable celebration of life from the Professor of Whimsy.


‘What I love most about Robert Garnham is that he seems naïve and childish enough to believe that poetry can be for the actual pleasure of the reader. He is excellent company. In short he’s an excellent poet with an inimitable voice and a nice smile. There’s warmth in his whimsy, it’s sturdy not flimsy. Where others might proffer inanity he offers humanity.’ – Matt Harvey

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