I have married the Angel of the North
because it is bigger than me
because its roots are 100 feet in Northern soil
because it is always in when I call
because it is always in flight when I call
because it sees the horizons the rest of us don't
because in my waking dreams
the imagined wush-wushing
of those great boat paddle wings
pushes the slowing blood
through all our Northern veins
"Peter Mortimer is the unsung hero of Northern literature"
"His poetry is highly coloured, and is out to charm us" - Stand
"...this attractively produced collection juxtaposes jollity with more substantial and enjoyably gloomy pieces. My favourite is "log", an ambitious and lovely poem about growing children and a weighty piece of flotsam that takes up residence by the fire..." - Other Poetry
Peter Mortimer runs the Iron Press, and is a full-time writer of plays and poems, and of travel books. His previous books include:
Broke Through Britain, featuring a penniless walk from one end of the country to another;
A Rainbow in its Throat(poems);
The Last of the Hunters, a documentary about North Sea fishermen.
One of his stories appeared in Five Leaves' City of Crime.