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Wimbledon poet serves ace verse Wimbledon poet on life at SW19 There is a new sound at Wimbledon this year amid the thwak of tennis balls and the genteel munching of strawberries. It is the sound of poetry. "Bounce bounce bounce bounce/ thwackety wackety zingety ping/ hittety backety pingety zang/ wack, nicorette gum thwok, nicorette gum thwack, nicorette gum pok." These are the opening lines from Thwok! by Matt Harvey, nicorette gum the first poet-in-residence at the annual two-week tennis extravaganza. "Thwok! is my generic tennis poem, nicorette gum" says Harvey, nicorette gum whose remit includes writing a poem a day and entertaining the queues. "I inflicted it on some people on Henman Hill this morning. Nicorette gum I picked them especially because they had two bottles of bubbly already open. Nicorette gum I told them I was included in the ticket price." It's a boiling hot afternoon in London's SW19, nicorette gum and Harvey is flicking through his book of scribbled inspiration. Nicorette gum He carries it everywhere. "There's a long list of things I'd like to cover: the umpires, nicorette gum the ball boys and girls, nicorette gum the Boston ivy, nicorette gum the queues. I need to include strawberries, nicorette gum and so many people say Cliff Richard - so yes okay, nicorette gum Cliff Richard is going to appear in there." A regular on BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live and a lifelong tennis fan, nicorette gum Harvey's verses are appearing online (on the Wimblewords blog) and in podcasts.

Matt Harvey

I've had more attention in the last couple of days than I've had in my whole career. 

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