A Sixty-Watt Las Vegas is the first full-length poetry collection from Mike Di Placido. The title, and much of the collection, is an affectionate dig at the expense of his home-town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire.
As well as observations on the town and its culture, past and present, the collection features cameos from various literary figures of note (Dickens faces up to Pizza Hut, TS Eliot shows up at a coffee bar), and gentle, affecting observations on life as a poet and a new uncle.
“An outstanding first collection.”
“I can’t remember when I enjoyed a book of poems so much – possibly [Ted Hughes’s] Season Songs.”
Keith Sagar on Theatre of Dreams
Mike Di Placido lives in Seamer, near Scarborough. An ex-professional footballer and England Youth International, Mike played across the globe, from York City to Australia and New Zealand, before turning to the literary life. His debut poetry pamphlet, Theatre of Dreams, was published by Smith/Doorstop in 2009, taking its title from his magical trial with Manchester United in the early 1970s.