The range and variety of the Scottish writer Frank Kuppner, as evidenced in the ten books which were published in the last century, are such that many people just did not know where to start. Here, is the place to do so, at least, where the poetry is concerned - the author's own selection from his five books of poetry: "A Bad day for the Sung Dynasty" (1984), "The Intelligent Observation of Naked Women" (1987), "Ridiculous! Absurd! Disgusting!" (1989), "Everything is Strange" (1994), "Second Best Moments in Chinese History" (1997). With a miniature epic in fragments, "The Kuppneriad", as a bonus. Love, China, wisdom, humour, variable taste, and reticence about botany. It's all here. Or, more accurately, some of it is here.