From domestic interiors to international politics, Flute Music is a manifesto to the provincial and the urban, the domestic and the familial, a book that is proud to take sides with the 'ragged-arsed' and the 'common' against all 'swots' and 'toffs' everywhere.
"Lucas's poems have the essential timbre of integrity and humanity, they are a declaration of what life could and should be."
"Lucas is a dab hand at social observation. The language crackles with his colloquial art."
"Sometimes, reading the Sunday-paper celebrities of our time, I fear I don't like poetry. It's a relief to come across the real thing again."
"So enjoyable that I’ll be searching out his earlier books."
"Complex, witty, well-rounded, highly intelligent."
"That rare thing, a socially, politically committed poetry, with sympathies firmly rooted in the Socialism we have shamefully almost lost sight of."
John Lucas is Professor Emeritus at the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham Trent. He is the author of many scholarly and critical works including studies of Dickens, John Clare, Arnold Bennett, Ivor Gurney and several books on English poetry, Romantic and Modern writing.