Michael Laskey has published three full collections, most recently Permission to Breathe (Smith/Doorstop 2004). Well known as a champion of contemporary poetry, he founded the international Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in 1989 and directed it through its first decade; and he has co-edited the poetry magazine Smiths Knoll since 1991. Born in 1944, he lives in Suffolk where he works as a freelance writing tutor and editor.
‘Unflinching, clear, emotionally precise, touching, particular, these are very, very
good poems’ – Craig Raine (on Permission to Breathe)