Michael Haslam sees his job as
brewing strong lyric from the mash of his ordinary life: working the mills, the dole, walking the hills as he goes, composing a liberal philosophy of the tea-break.
Keenly aware of historical contexts, he muses on the future as the fox in Aesop's fable of the Grapes without a drop of resentment. He draws on the record of eight hundred years of the English canon, and gently blows it like smoke over the carboniferous Pennines. This poem sequence, though born out of tradition, insists on thrusting the reader inescapably forward, positively re-affirming the powers of nature, language, mirth and music.
ISBN 1 900072 68 8