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15/2/17:  Scaplings or, full title, Scaplings, Star Jelly, and a Seeming Sense of Soul is to be launched at The Stbbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge, the day after tomorrow (17th Feb). See Also reading will be Peter Riley and Mark Hinchliffe. I'll put it up on the Books page as soon as I have a copy.
    And next week I'll be at Leeds University on the afternoon of Thursday 23rd for a thing on the poet John Riley.

18/9/16: It's a long time since I did anything with this website. This is partly due to a chromic computerphobia, and partly that I've had nothing new to say. Wake Up! Michael, I told myself, you might at least mention that you contributed a piece you called  Prynne's Gold Mine  to a volume honouring J.H. Prynne on his 80th birthday. The volume For The Future  edited by Ian Brinton and published by Shearsman (see the web for a link; I can't see one on the volume). Contributors ... oh there are lots of them, the usual suspects, one might say. Meanwhile I've written a 36 page poem, Scaplings, Star Jelly, and a Seeming Sense of Soul, which might well get published by an imprint called  Calder Valley Poetry, which has already published Peter Riley's Pennine Tales.

30/6/14: A long time since I put anything up here. No news to speak of. I remember that the Norwich reading went well. Then nothing. But I've agreed to read for something called Peter Barlow's Cigarette, at Waterstones, on Deansgate, Manchester, in September. I'm trying to write about twenty-odd pages of something I call Wadsworth Township Oracles, but it's slow going.
    I've replaced some incoherent "Current Scribble" with an older, rather homeless piece: 16/2/47.

16/11/13: The UEA reading was fine; Norwich is a fine city; Laura Kilbride is an interesting, maybe fine, poet. Next up: Nest Thursday (21st) with Peter Riley at the Bookcase, Market Street, Hebden Bridge, at 7pm. I expect that'll be fine, and all.

26/10/13: Details of the UEA/Norwich reading have come to hand
:Michael Haslam, Laura Kilbride, and Rebecca Tamas will be reading in the third instalment of the UEA Poetry Reading Series, at Take 5 (on Tombland, opposite the Cathedral) next Thursday, 31 October, at 7pm (free entry).

21/10/13: Two readings ahead, one quite soon: First, somewhere in Norwich (was to have been UEA, but it seems there's strike action tere on the day), which is: 31st October. This is being organised by Mssrs Noel-Tod and Nowell Smith. Second: November 21st with Peter Riley at The Bookcase, Hebden Bridge. That'll be 7pm.

Note: Anyone who may have visited pages, particularly the vrf pages in The Juveniliad, in recent years, will have been badly misled. various ragged fringes was originally typescript laid out by a kind of spontaneous improvisation of spacing, then copied onto paper plates for printing by another typist. I tried to duplicate something of the effect for this site, but somehow, un-noticed, in the uploading it came out very differently: a seemingly more programmatic sort of 'experimentalism'. I've now re-written all of it, with only very minor changes to the flow of words, and in a more conventional lineation (even starting each line with a capital letter!). The flow is the tune, layout always more of a sort of jazz arrangement.

Notes  to Continual Song were probably a folly, though done with enthusiasm. They have proved capable of giving offence. Anyone who discovers anything personally offensive in my beanspilling should contact me, and I'll delete whatever it is.

7/7/13: Aye, and the Sussex Poetry do semed to go well: enthusiastic audience (for everyone). I do sometimes wonder about the art of poetry.

23/5/13: The Hull reading went well, I think. Meanwhile I've publishes a 4pp poem, What I Do Mean in the new lit. rev. ed. Brinton & Barnett, SNOW. Other contributors (to name just those I'd know to greet in the street) include: Peter Hughes, D S Marriott, J H Prynne, Denise Riley, Peter Riley, Nick Totton, Nigel Wheale.
    SNOW: 14 Mount Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1HL.
    I'm due to read at the Sussex Poetry Festival between 4 & 6 pm on Saturday 8th June. Others in this slot are Jennifer Cooke and Jimmy Cummins.
    I believe I'm being included in a forthcoming Shearsman magazine, guest-edited by Kelvin Corcoran.

13/4/13: On the 16th April I'll be reading, with Cliff Forshaw, at Hull University Art Gallery, Hull, at 7pm.
        I'm in the Barnett/Brinton edited magazine SNOW, due through the post any day now.

22/12/12: Just an handful of folk at Goji, but all, I think, became convinced of the poetical viryues of WSG.
    Not poetry: I reviews Alexandra Walsham's The Reformation of The Landscape in Northern Earth, Issue 132.

20/11/12: Aye, the Trinity College gig was fine (see below). Goji next up.

25/10/12: The Wainsgate do went well. Then a couple of days ago I took part in the Ensemble for the Bob Cobbing Celebration at the Other Room in Manchester (I'd offer links, but I'm increasingly lazy). That poem Old Lad came out in Salt's Best Poems of 2012. I'm booked to read at the Trinity College [Cambridge] Literary Society next Tuesday (30th), and I'm going to try to introduce the poetry of W.S. Graham to a few at the Goji Restaurant (upstairs) on November 28th. Links? (ah, yawn).

13/9/12: Oh, and there's this: Wainsgate Chapel, Sunday 30th September at 3 pm:

27/8/12: Recent (re-)publication, of a couple of pages, the first and last, from The Quiet Works  in a volume of Oystercatcher poetry, Sea Pie, from Shearsman. There are forty-four other contributors. If life were longer, I'd name them all.

28/3/12: Some things are stirring with the spring. Meanwhile, I've shifted the Party Spirits rewrite from Current Scribble (I've just now put some dribble about Drizzle up, on Current Scribble) to a new page for notes to A Sinner Saved by Grace.  That poem is now available on audio CD, You might find out about it via  It's a recording by Colin Still of A Memorial Gathering for Roger Langley (4/6/11). Other participants are: Jeremy Prynne, Geoff Windle, Peter Riley, Tom Lowenstein, Wendy Mulford, John Welch, Thomas A Clark, Diana Quick, Michael Schmidt, Denise Riley, Tony Lopez, Bob Walker, Andrew Brewerton, Helen MacDonald, and a recording by Langley himself.
        What might be forthcoming: appearance in an anthology from Oystercatcher pamphlets, from Shearsman (from The Quiet Works), and in a Salt collection of the supposedly 'best poems of 2012'. (see the entry for 8/8/11, below).

3/11/11: I've just discovered that 3 of my current 'discontinual songs' (accepted for some sort of publication over a year ago) have in fact been published online:

25/9/11: So I read at The White Lion, yesterday. It was good. The other readers were John, Sarah, and Phil. It was part of something called 100,000 poets for change. I don't know who the other 100,994 poets reading yesterday were, nor who was counting. This one was organised by Alison O'Brien, who got the idea from (quondam HB residents) Aggie Falk and Jack Hirschman. Good to hear of them.

23/9/11: Oh. I'm reading at The White Lion, Hebden Bridge, 7pm tomorrow (Saturday), with three other poets, named Siddique, Corbett, and Foster. OK.

8/8/11: Rare news: New Haslam magazine publication: Old Lad (4pp) in Cambridge Literary Review 5 (Trinity Hall, Cambridge CB2 1TJ). An interesting university-based mag.
    I'm happy enough with Old Lad (part of a projected 'discontinual songs'), but for that my theme now seem to be nostalgia and decrepitude. I'm only 64, but the Muse seems to be leading me by the nose towards the crematorium.

21/6/11: The Bridlington Poetry Festival, Sewerby Hall, on the 12th, has been and gone: I enjoyed myself, and so did the audience. Two days later I lost my boast (which I may have made elsewhere on this site), that I'd won neither prizes nor awards, when I found myself receiving a cheque for 2500 from Joanna Trollope, as a Cholmondeley Award, on behalf of The Society of Authors, at The Cavalry & Guards Club, Piccadilly. This was a (pleasant) shock, but not, it turns out, entirely inexplicable.

9/6/11: On Saturday the 4th I went down to London to attend and read at the memorial for poet R F Langley. For this I rewrote a thing, Party Spirits, previously in Sneak's Noise and in A Sinner Saved by Grace. This 3rd attempt, I think it the best. I've put it up today, with a postscript wrtitten on news of his death on Current Scribble.
    Upcoming: reading at Sewerby Hall, Bridlington (Poetry Festival), 2.15pm Sunday 12th inst. With Peter Riley.

9/5/11: On May Day I gave a poetry reading to a large audience in a large hall, in Rostrevor, Co.Down, N. Ireland: A successful if somehow 'unlikely' event --- the mid-point of a day celebrating the wedding of Carl Wilson to Anca Rosales, between Warrenpoint Methodist Church and Killowen Yacht Club. The hall was in premises run by some American Christian Missionaries. I read in front of a large wooden cross. The audience were, if we can include spiritually-minded Rudolf Steinerites, were probably not the usual poetry-minded atheists, and maybe not particularly poetry-minded, but I was well-received. I still disagree with Ian Pople (see below) ---- I don't think I'm 'religious' at all, but perhaps, and despite the opinion of some arts administrators, I'm 'accessible' after all.
    Ahead: Reading (with Peter Riley) at Bridlington Poetry Festival, Sewerby Hall, 2.15 pm, 12th June.
        4pp in the next Cambridge Literary Review.

29/11/10: News and no news: the only update this date has been the removal of a couple of sentences deep in the Notes to Continual song: they might just have upset someone. (If anyone is personally offended by some spillage from that wormy can of beans, let me know, and I'll censor myself).

12/11/10: The reading at the Little Theatre (see below) went happily. The other poet, Elizabeth Barrett, was interesting, especially when she got her teeth into Geology.
    Meanwhile, there's a perspicacious review of Woodness by Peter Riley in Tears in the Fence --- a worthy mag, costing 7 from Peter Caddy, 38 Hod View, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8TN. There are a couple of errors in what Riley quotes from the book: the schooner is always stranded on and not in the bar; and in quoting some lines from a poem he makes my bodiless read bodily --- the same rhythm, happily, but a slight difference in meaning.

20/10/10:  At 2.30 pm (and not at 7.30 pm, as on the extant publicity) I shall be reading with Elizabeth Barrett, at The Little Theatre, Hebden Bridge, as part of the Hebden Bridge Bookshop Literature Festival.

In the Saturday Guardian for 9/10/10 there was a gratifying review of A Cure for Woodness by Paul Batchelor (I don't think I know him): woodness-review
I like that, but might question his apparent aspersion that I've lived a life of alcoholic and sexual excess. With alcohol (cask ales) I've certainly exceeded Government Guidelines, but I've probably stayed within them as regards sexual activity. Still, that might balance Ian Pople's strange assertion (see below) that I'm 'deeply religious'.

21/8/10: I've resumed some unresolved current scribble.
    I think I might try to say something more about whether "Haslam is deeply religious", somewhere, as 'Loose Talk'. Perhaps, after all, I am, though it's news to me.

6/8/10:  An update with little to report, but the should be something (3 more 'discontinuals') forthcoming from Cleave.
    Meanwhile Woodness has had some (gratifying) reviews: Ian Pople in The Manchester Review, Steven Waling in Stride Magazine, and James Sutherland-Smith at The Bow Wow Shop. These can be read at  
    There's a correction I must make. Pople writes "Haslam is deeply religious". That's not true. Folk can read what they like into my poetry, but Haslam himself is not even shallowly religious. (21/8: but see above).
    Another mistake on the Arc site. The blurb for A Sinner Saved by Grace says that the 'Sinner' stone is a gravestone. Almost certainly it isn't. It is simply an inscribed cube of stone set in the earth of  Warley Moor. Nobody knows anything about it. It may well be deeply religious.

25/4/10: Proving that I've not completely stopped making poems, there's 3 pages of 'discontinual song' published in the 2009 Other Room Anthology
    Poetical ejaculations, however, are becoming so rare that I'm at a loss to fulfill some other demands. And there's nought worth pasting up on Current Scribble. But (I must be still alive) I did a reading last month at the University of Central Lancashire.
    The Pennines Spring. I have two grandchildren. I can't utterly despair of Everything.

4/3/10: At last, A Cure for Woodness is available from Arc (9.99 pb; 12.99 hb). See  . Also (pb only) from myself. See Books.

Also a short prose piece, Pace-Egg: Notes for a History of Doggerel has appeared in  Northern Earth 121.  See  This treats the Pace Egg, or St. George folk play as a poem, in the light of a presumed 18th Century date.

17/2/10: Lack of News on this site has been due to lack of News about Woodness (see below). But I've just put a photo up (one taken by Jemimah Kuhfeld).

25/11/09:  The Bolton (Octagon) reading went well, I think. Thanks to Laurette Evans and Matthew Welton.
    A Cure for Woodness will carry the date 2010, rather than 2009, confounding a previous prophecy, but copies may be available before the ens of this year (in time for Christmas!?), either from  me or from Arc: 

There's a nice short sweet blog on The Quiet Works  at The Lyre (Jeremy Noel-Tod). And another nice one on Litterbug (Alan Baker).

19/10/09: The Other Room reading (see below) is now up & out on video at

14/10/09: The Other Room reading at the Old Abbey Inn (7th October) has been and gone. It seemed good to me, and others seemed to think so too. There was quite a contrast with the video-linked Craig Dworkin: me hot & wet, and him cool & dry: each radical poem delivered with an engagingly complacent smirk
    The other reading, at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, is now definitely 16th November. The other reader will be Tom Jenks. The other Prophecies (see below) are coming true: A Cure for Woodness is due from Arc at the end of November, 2009.

3/8/09. New Publication: The Quiet Works:

New from Oystercatcher Press:
The Quiet Works by Michael Haslam
A5  16pp  colour cover  ISBN: 978-1-905885-21-3
4 from Peter Hughes, Oystercatcher Press, 4 Coastguard Cottages, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6EL.

See Books..

16/7/09. Lost & Found. Here's a link to some fresh old news:

Or, something lost and found again at PennSound. Here's the tale:
    Continual Song was being written through the first half of the 1980s. By 1982 I had determined its basic dimensions, and I read this version into a cheap radio-cassette machine. But the text was changing all the time, and, in my terms, the tape was obsolete. Some years later I looked for it, failed to find it, and assumed it lost. What had happened to it?
    It seems that absentmindedly (I mean, perhaps deliberately erasing traces without utter self-destruction) I'd posted it to Charles Bernstein in the USA. Now, over a quarter of a century later, and with my permission, it is posted on Mr Bernstein's PennSound poetry archive (link above).
    It's recognisably the same work as the (stable) 1986 version, and yet utterly different:: barely a sentence, hardly a stanza, is the same, though the first half is closer than the second to the printed text. How do I feel about it? Not too embarrassed or ashamed. The '82 is rather over-soft and flowery, and carries more overt reference to sources. The poet I hear, though, has a certain Authenticity, as he embarks upon Continual Song.  

10/7/09. A new magazine publication: Wastes of The Picturesque in Angel Exhaust 20, Ed. Charles Bainbridge & Andrew Duncan, from 12, Eliot Hill, Lewisham, London SE13 7EB.

Wastes is in A Cure for Woodness, forthcoming (see below). Others in AE20 include Kelvin Corcoran, David Chaloner, Colin Simms. DS Marriott, John Kinsella, and if you're in and read this and think I ought to have mentioned you, let me know, and I'll name you too.

Older News is now transferred to The Box-Room.


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