"These beautifully-crafted, witty, nimble, often self-effacing poems give us scintillating glimpses of a gallery of giants, from Genghis Khan to Al Pacino, taking in Marco Polo, Monty Don, T. S Eliot, Mallory, and a host of others along the way. This poet has a tongue-in-cheek approach that belies the depth and sensitivity of his writing, and which results in a hugely entertaining collection of poems of deceptive profundity. Other poets could learn a lot from Di Placido’s deft skill, his comic genius, his disarming yet powerful take on the world and its major players. A collection to treasure, and one which speaks to us like few contemporary poets can." Keith Hutson
A SIXTY-WATT LAS VEGAS
As well as observations on the town and its culture, past and present, the collection features cameos from various literary figures (Dickens faces up to Pizza Hut, T.S. Eliot shows up at a coffee bar), ghosts ‘milling around the lily pond’ under Valley Bridge, and what must be the greatest poem ever written from the perspective of a vacuum cleaner.
Following on from his pamphlet Theatre of Dreams (Smith/Doorstop, 2009), these poems demonstrate wit, wisdom, and Di Placido’s continuing ability to reveal the extraordinary from the ordinary.
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