Thunder Alley by Mark Ward. Named after a former town-centre street, Thunder alley is a remarkable account of contemporary Blackburn and it's people. This is a place where, in the authors hands, even the mundane seems extraordanary, from the disabled veteran Mr brown who escapes in to a jigsaw; the Polish Barber, unable to forget; to the genial tramp who simply vanished. The language is fresh and immediate; the poems are lucid and by turns, harrowing, stark,playful and wise. It is Blackburn, but you could be anywhere.
"Buy Mark Ward's Thunder Alley and you won't be disappointed. These drawn-from-life poems are sharply written, deftly observed and shot with humour, what more could you possibly want?" John Hartley Williams
"This is the world as we know it, or think we know it: the focus is intense and compelling, but always eloquent and lyrical. The narratives are full of unsettling detail, edgy and profound, but compassion underpins everything. This is a moving collection, full of wisdom and insight, beautifully crafted, it holds a mirror up to the world and says: look, this is what we are." Neil Rollinson
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