Michael Smith – Trainer

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This was one of the best known poems in Michael Smith’s 1983 book. The book was a Poetry Book Society choice, no less! It was on his album and perhaps became so well known because it was the last track on the Mighty Reel cassette given away with copies of the NME in 1982. Kid Creole, Haircut 100, Mari Wilson, Robert Wyatt and the Fun Boy Three were also on it, amongst others.
I also like the poem because it’s my mate Jessica Fenn’s favourite. To hear that booming yard poetry coming from a foul mouthed cockney sort is something I’ll never tire of.

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