Aboard a leaping Vaporetto – / The road to Venice / Splashes in our faces.
Today the rain-pocked canals / Are a weeping grey – / Swept clean of gondolas.
Michael Wilkin is a native Tynesider who has lived for the past thirty-five years in Cullercoats. He is a former trades union official at the Swan Hunter Shipyards and second-hand bookseller. The book is dedicated to the author’s partner, Jean Thurston.