BOOKS AND REVIEWS

A collection of reviews and testimonials from published works

 

"[Mike's] got a stand-up comedian’s dry delivery and sense of timing. He knows how to deliver a line. Low-key and quick on his feet."

John Foggin on "Alpha"

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ALPHA

"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

 
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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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CROW FLIGHT ACROSS THE SUN

Mike Di Placido’s collection Crow Flight across the Sun is a tribute to Ted Hughes.

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THEATRE OF DREAMS

Mike Di Placido’s debut pamphlet takes its title from his magical trial with Manchester United in the early seventies. His time there is warmly recorded in snapshots of Messrs. Busby, Stiles, Law and, not least, his fourth person of The Trinity, George Best.

 

PROJECTS AND ARTICLES

A handful of key projects and review articles
to either listen to, read or watch.

 

REVIEW: ALPHA IN THE HIGH WINDOW PRESS

Alpha reviewed by Pam Thompson at The High Window

REVIEW: ALPHA IN THE LONDON GRIP

Alpha is reviewed by international culture magazine, The London Grip

REVIEW: KIM MOORE'S SUNDAY POEM

Mike Di Placido's poem Meeting Simon takes the spotlight in Kim Moore's Sunday Poem review

REVIEW: ANN SKEA - "CROW FLIGHT..."

Ann Skea presents her critical analysis of "Crow Flight across the Sun"

AUDIO: MIKE DI PLACIDO READING 'HARE'

Mike Di Placido reading his poem 'Hare'. From the Poetry PF English/Romanian CD anthology.

REVIEW: 'LIGHTS AND BUSHELS' - JOHN FOGGIN

John Foggin presents a review of selected poems from The Sixty-Watt Las Vegas and Theatre of Dreams

REVIEW: STEVE ELY - "CROW FLIGHT..."

Steve Ely presents his critical analysis of "Crow Flight across the Sun"