Ross Adamson is a fiery modern poet, a provocative artist and a spirited activist. Best known for his emphatic rhythmical rhyming poetry, he is no stranger to thought-provoking and politically charged topics. Both a skeptic and an idealist, much of his creativity is underpinned by progressive instincts, humanist values and environmentalist ethics.

His work explores societal ills and global turbulence ...freedom and privacy ...atheism and religion ...inequality and social justice ...nature and the environment and friendship ...depression and anxiety ...human rights and civil liberties ...politics and current affairs ...war and terrorism ...pretentiousness and snobbery ...the Establishment and 'the 1%' and technology ...intolerance and prejudice ...anger and aggression ...animal rights and welfare ...tyranny and oppression ...superficiality and falseness ...egomania and arrogance ...rebellion and counterculture ...illness and personal struggle ...greed and selfishness ...nonsense and absurdity ...poverty and homelessness ...the Internet and web culture...alienation and disaffection ...alcohol and substance abuse ...ethics and morality ...pain and suffering ...loss and grief ...

Adamson's latest poetry book, Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity is available in paperback and ebook. You can also read selected poems from this anthology in his Online Poetry Collection.

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Multiple images of the poetry collection Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity, by poet Ross Adamson

Modern Madness

Rhymes Against Humanity

Humankind has lost its way and modern life is absurd, alienating and increasingly unfair. Madness, in every sense of the word, has pervaded early 21st century society and shown no sign of abating.

Ross Adamson's storming debut collection of sharp and streetwise rhyming poetry takes no prisoners and buzzes with cynical wit, lyrical charm and righteous rage.

These deft and defiant rhymes zero in on the perceived inequities and inadequacies of our age: the flaws, foibles, prejudices and futile preoccupations that must, surely, be in consequence of this modern madness.

Adamson eloquently waxes poetical on emotive topics such as religion, inequality, terrorism, disaffection, intolerance, superficiality, political failing, social media, rampant consumerism and the cult of celebrity.

This book exemplifies contemporary poetry at its piquant and polemic best. It is fervent, quotable, memorable and relentlessly entertaining throughout.

Online Poetry Collection

An evolving selection of contemporary poems

Enjoy engaging original rhymes including selected poems from Ross Adamson's latest book and yet-to-be-published poetical works on a wide range of topics.

Sample any two full poems for free, then buy an Online Poetry Pass (only £2.99) if you want to read more.

Featured Online Poems

The One Percent

Just one percent of people
Own half of global wealth;
They keep their fortunes tucked away
With tax-evading stealth ...


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