You Took the Last Bus Home is the first and long-awaited collection of ingeniously hilarious and surprisingly touching poems from Brian Bilston, the UK’s mysterious “Poet Laureate of Twitter.” With endless wit, imaginative wordplay, and underlying heartache, he offers profound insights into modern life. There is love and death, the inestimable value of a mobile phone charger, the unbearable torment of forgetting to take the rubbish out, and the improbable nuances of the English language. Constantly experimenting with literary form, Bilston’s words have been known to float off the page, take the shape of the subjects they explore, and reflect our contemporary world in the form of Excel spreadsheets, Venn diagrams, and Scrabble tiles. This irresistibly charming collection of his best-loved poems will make you laugh out loud while making you question the very essence of the human condition in the twenty-first century.
“Part John Cooper Clarke, part Frank Sidebottom. Brian’s minimalist homages . . . are all brilliant.” —Esquire
“Bilston is no stranger to crafting cleverly composed poetry.” —Huffington Post
“Brian Bilston is bringing poetry to the masses . . . with his topical, witty, thoughtful, and accessible poems.” —Irish Times
“Brian Bilston is a laureate for our fractured times, a wordsmith who cares deeply about the impact his language makes as it dances before our eyes.” —Ian McMillan
“If you like (a) laughing or (b) words which rhyme with each other, you will love Brian Bilston.” —Richard Osman