Background Allan Sweeney studied creative writing in a University of Kent Diploma course, and mustered merits without bluster or bribes (he exudes ethical codes). General Here is a harmony of human existence, a making and breaking of the caring and sharing cake of life. Be prepared for laughter, tears, and deep thought as you recall emotions. Really, as the title suggests, ‘Life is a Load of Bananas’! Structure Eleven sections contain seven poems each (approx). Together, the collection describes a life on Earth, on childhood, humour, romance, abuse, lover, philosophy, cryptic, mystical, New Year, dying, heavenly. Gosh, over 70 poems – that’s a real bargain! Subjects Humour and happiness shines throughout, from the one minute new baby beaming bliss and then stealing sleepless nights; to the child gearing to grow up as brainy as God. Light-hearted love of life is balanced by poems that tackle tough topics. ‘The Dread Tread’ evokes emotional exclamations on child abuse; and ‘Message from Mother’ reflects thoughts of someone just deceased. Romance, spirituality and love hold keys to happy hearts. So, key poems are bolted securely within sections, to unlock doors to romance, spirituality and love in readers’ lives. Or vice versa. Poetic styles Concrete, lyric, carpe diem, rhyme, pastoral, verse, free verse, sonnet, romanticism, senryu, limerick and haiku are some poetically stylised poems. Each vies for velocity of verse within an anti-poet’s style helping higher harmony and happiness. Poetic techniques Verse, refrain, metonymy, assonance, doggerel, allegory, rhyme, elision, rising meter, quatrain, falling meter, envoy, stanza, alliteration, understatement, feminine rhyme, epithet, anapest, iamb, analogy, trochee, stress, meter, euphony, idiom, simile, figure of speech, syntax, personification, enjambment, irony, versification, jargon, meiosis, litote, antithesis, moritake, apostrophe, onomatopoeia, euphemism, paradox, metaphor, archetype, persona, and synecdoche. Nothing but the best and worst is good enough for readers! Enjoy This poet’s objective is to sell work wholesale to buy wholemeal rolls. Please help. If while reading, emotions become too emotive, don’t panic… This poet is also a therapist. Happy reading!