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The Straight Man is Sarah Roby’s second collection of poetry. It follows a playful and inventive pursuit of a lost sense of humour. This collection enjoys full use of comedy’s most versatile straight man, the lyric ‘I’.


The Straight Man is available here.

The Naming of Girls explores the names – Christian, catcalled or historic – given to women. It begins the roll call with wartime nicknames and reaches back to the big names of ancient myth. This collection treats each poem as an occasion and with each outing, the poems arrest with their invention, scope and risk.


The Naming of Girls is available here.

This Afternoon and I is winner of the national iSHOT Award for poetry pamphlets.


This Afternoon and I is available here.