“I am mordant, very mordant. Satire is clearly one of my gifts”

So Peter Reading’s dead. I thinkā€¦ I think there wasn’t a better poet in England. Serious, funny, formally brilliant, lucid, tricksy, unsettling, nasty, compassionate sometimesā€¦ usw.

One of the few who looked well at the dirty world of now, properly.

He then worked for 22 years as a weighbridge operator at an animal feedmill in Shropshire, a job which left him free to think, until he was sacked for refusing to wear a uniform introduced by new owners of the business.

Good man.