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The Tightrope Wedding

The Tightrope Wedding

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Poetry Book Society Recommendation; shortlisted for T S Eliot Prize.

Michael Laskey’s first collection, Thinking of Happiness (Peterloo Poets, 1991) received critical acclaim:

‘Fluent, likeable, user-friendly poems’ – Fleur Adcock, Sunday Times

‘There is an engaging warmth in these poems, and a remarkable imagination’ – William Scammell, Independent on Sunday

‘A sustaining book, sensitive in insight and cadence’ – Michael Hulse, Poetry Review

‘An unflinching celebration’ – Tessa Lewis, PN Review

This long-awaited second collection is more technically assured and more wide-ranging in its concerns, but equally affirmative.

Michael Laskey works as a poet in schools and a writing tutor for adults. He is well known as a champion of contemporary poetry: co-editing the poetry magazine Smiths Knoll and co-ordinating the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, which he founded in 1989. He is married to a GP and has lived in the same Suffolk town for over twenty years. He has been mainly responsible for looking after their three sons.