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: John Lucas's new collection makes extraordinary poetry out of ordinary life - a pint of beer, a cup of coffee, jazz, poetry and the history of 'Bloody England'. With subtle craft and wry wit, he locates his democratic art in everyday conversation, remembered, overheard, imagined. Lucas's anarchic poetic alter-ego Thorn Gruin turns up as usual, joined here by the ghosts of Socrates, Gary Sobers, George Crabbe, Brian Clough and Duke Ellington, a flock of starlings, an army of Daves and the not-so-legendary Doug Haskin's Hot Six. From domestic interiors to international politics, Flute Music is a manifesto to the provincial and the urban, the domestic and the familial, a book that is proud to takes sides with the 'ragged-arsed' and the 'common' against all 'swats' and 'toffs' everywhere.