I have not known Tony Boltini very long, running into him at various poetry events around Yorkshire. He has a wonderfully droll, measured delivery when he performs his poems, drawing you into their quirky humour and buried poignancy.
I liked his performances so much I bought his book, Narrow Ruled Feint with Margin, available here from Otley Word Feast Press.
It’s wonderful. The thing about Tony is that he possesses that rare gift; his poems are unmistakably his, and no-one else’s. No-one else could, or would, write these. Robust northern poems which lace wit with a real compassion. Probably the best little collection of poems I have read this year.