John Cooper Clarke

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John Cooper Clarke (born 25 January 1949) is a British performance poet from Salford, Lancashire. He is considered a major figure in punk poetry and punk literature.


  • You can count on him. He'll always let you down.
    • 23rd :Snap, Crackle and Bop (1980).
    • "Do not go mental, and with that, goodnight."

BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs (21 July 2019)[edit]

  • Never leave a bookies with a smile on your face.
  • It was quite a tough school. Put it this way, we had our own coroner.
  • I was met with the poet’s greatest enemy; indifference.
  • My advice to any poet; you have to be idle to write it.  A pen, a notebook and idleness, those are the three requisites for the manufacture of poetry.
  • [Luxury item] A boulder of opium twice the size of my own head.

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