Ten Poems about Hats
ISBN 978 1 913627 33 1
Published January 2024
24 printed pages
Coco Chanel declared a hat to be essential when lunching with people one didn’t know very well. These days such pretensions may seem old hat but we still set store by this quintessentially personal item of clothing.
In these pages we encounter hats of all shapes and sizes. There’s a grandfather’s beloved trilby and an imagined bathing cap belonging to Napoleon. There’s also a “hopeful hat” waiting for coins on a city pavement.
Best of all, perhaps, we experience the old-fashioned glamour of a milliner’s shop:
“There are multi-coloured reels, ends of rickrack, bias bindings,
tiny satin flowers, and hats with floppy brims
on blank-faced, long-necked Nefertiti heads,”
from ‘Cloche’ by John Foggin
These varied poems will delight and entertain in equal measure.
Cover illustration by Jane Burn.