Guttersnipe by Tom Pickard, published by City Lights, 1971

£20.00

A working class dropout from Newcastle-on-Tyne, insisting to Dole authorities that his only “job” is Poetry, Pickard would seem to have written this wild “apprenticeship novel” on the run between bed and board. By turns ribald, caustic, tender, erotic, picaresque, it is his portrait of the young poet as a “flamin’ impudent layabout” born into the “class-trap” of coal-town Middle England.

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A working class dropout from Newcastle-on-Tyne, insisting to Dole authorities that his only “job” is Poetry, Pickard would seem to have written this wild “apprenticeship novel” on the run between bed and board. By turns ribald, caustic, tender, erotic, picaresque, it is his portrait of the young poet as a “flamin’ impudent layabout” born into the “class-trap” of coal-town Middle England.