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Michael Laskey

Michael Laskey co-ordinates the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. His first collection of verse, Thinking of happiness, has just appeared from Peterloo.

Poem: ‘A Family Joke’

Michael Laskey, 7 November 1991

Just her superstition – never to watch a guest pass out of sight. There we’d be all waving together till the last moment when she’d turn

and dash indoors. Not that it dawned on us for years – she was just our mother – but rumbling her we were unanimous: nonsense like that had to stop.

So we’d encourage her, slip our arms around her shoulders and then hold...

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