Between Ourselves is a brilliantly crafted collection of warm and eloquent poems that are at once a love letter to the future, and a contemplation of the past. The central section, ‘Selfies’ – an honest and discerning sequence of self-portraits reflecting on ‘what a long way we’ve come’ – sits alongside the title poem, an intimate conversation with a grandchild just learning to walk.
Michael Laskey was born in 1944. His collections include The Man Alone: New and Selected Poems (2008), Weighing the Present (2014) and a Very Selected pamphlet (2017), all with Smith|Doorstop. He has been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and his books have twice been PBS Recommendations. Michael co-edited Smiths Knoll for twenty-one years and co-founded the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, which he directed through its first decade. He works as a poetry tutor and lives in Suffolk, where he runs The Garlic Press, publishing work mainly by Suffolk poets.
“Poems written with the effortless good taste that comes not just from wide reading, but from a kind of wide and generous living too. They’re short, conversational, and scrupulously unpretentious.” – Kate Bingham, Poetry Review on Weighing the Present
“Paradoxically, there’s something thrilling and alive in Michael Laskey’s discussions of mortality.” – Helen Mort, Poetry London, on The Man Alone: New and Selected Poems