Armando Iannucci pens Covid verse | Satirical epic poem to be released for charity

Armando Iannucci pens Covid verse

Satirical epic poem to be released for charity

Armando Iannucci has written an epic poem mocking Boris Johnson’s handling of the Covid crisis.

The 680-line verse focusses on how Orbis Rex – Latin for ‘king of the world’, as well as containing an anagram of ‘Boris’ – did battle with 'a wet and withered bat' from Wuhan.

Other characters in  Pandemonium: Some Verses On The Current Predicament Young Matt and his Circle of Friends, Queen Dido and the blind Dom’nic.

A preview from publishers Little, Brown sets up the story:

Tell, Mighty Wit, how the highest in forethought and,
That tremendous plus, The Science,
Saw off our panic and Globed vexation
Until a drape of calmness furled around the earth
And beckoned a new and greater normal into each life
For which we give plenty gratitude and pay
Willingly for the vict'ry triumph
Merited by these wisest gods.

Pandemonium coverThe book also jokingly suggests a sinister origin for the coronavirus: 

While, 'tis equally true, Pharma and/or Bill Gates,
In league with Illuminati lizards
Hid poisoned cameras in our breath
So we could spray their malice drop by drop
Like spoken mist, as from a tower of Babel

The 64-page book will be released on November 4, with 57-year-old Iannucci donating  profits to the Mental Health UK charity. It can be ordered from Amazon.

Published: 12 Sep 2021

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