• Ian Dudley

The Long Hot Summer


The North 60 contains a ton of good stuff, including poems by The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition winners and their New Poets Prize winners. There are also poems by Carole Bromley and me, as well as a host of others.

Both my poems are about when I was growing up in the Black Country. Tour de France is based on my experience of working in a foundry. The only broadsheet I could buy on my way into work was The Daily Telegraph. The politics weren't congenial, but the sports coverage was superb, and ignited my lifelong fascination with the Tour.

Derangement records my timid efforts to live by Rimbaud's dictum that a "poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses."