Weighing The Present
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Weighing The Present

74pp  |  978-1-910367-03-2

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Michael Laskey has published three pamphlets and four books of poems including his widely-admired New & Selected Poems in 2008, The Man Alone. He has been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and his books have twice been PBS recommendations. Michael co-edited Smiths Knoll for 21 years and co-founded the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in 1988, which he directed through its first decade, and with which he is still associated. He works as a writing tutor with a wide range of adult groups and in schools at all levels. He lives in Suffolk.

In the year of his seventieth birthday, Michael Laskey's fifth collection, Weighing the Present, faces up to ageing and its consequences with an engaging lack of fuss. Painful poems of grief and self-scrutiny are balanced by urgent love poems for the living and for the dailiness of life - celebrations of a chipping board, a scots pine in his garden, a stapler, a pair of handed down velvet curtains, a gas boiler, a bundle of bamboos and cycling.

With his characteristic verve, insight and warmth, Laskey speaks directly and colloquially but always with a commitment to craft and to language. The resorative power of its 'inexhaustible plenty'.

‘Originality of thought and quality of execution’
– Robert Potts, The Guardian.

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