Hull’s own Mike Watts’ down-to-earth poetry is compelling and varied, covering all manner of sins in language both beautiful and harrowing. Spit & Hiss is visceral, bold, tempered with an intricacy of linguistic divide and form that may be read and re-read without encroaching mundanity, and leaves the reader thinking, “I know that feeling”.
“The poems of Mike Watts come right off the streets and meet the reader square on. In their brevity they have much to say about the human condition.” – Neeli Cherkovski
“Mike Watts’ poems are fascinating realistic portraits and stories from his always interesting life. He has a fine eye for detail and ear for dialogue, a flair for biting ironic humour and gripping tough narratives that are fun to read and fill of brilliant insights. Behind all this one senses a human soul sympathetic to us all suffering, perplexed humans, and a true survivor.” – Fred Voss
Mike Watts is the author of four collections of poetry, Coming to a Street Near You (Night Publishing), Day and Night In the Damaged Goods Factory (Burning Eye), Jawbreaker (Paul Gibson) and Spit & Hiss (Wrecking Ball Press).