Re-Invented is Mal Foster’s debut collection under his own name. He started writing poetry in the mid-seventies after leaving school at just fifteen. His work has since achieved cult status on the small press scene and many a university campus – extraordinary when you consider his own educational background is virtually non-existent.
Under his former pseudonym his poetry has appeared in various poetry magazines, newspapers and periodicals culminating in the inclusion of ‘Death Of A Football Club’ in the Northern Arts anthology ‘Verses United’. Here his work rubbed shoulders with that of many of this country’s poetry heavyweights including Wes Magee, Attila The Stockbroker, Tony Harrison, Adrian Henri, Michael Horovitz and Tom Pickard. The book also contained material by Melvyn Bragg, Stewart Hall, Eric Cantona and Bobby Robson.
“Mal has achieved a great deal since the emergence of ‘Wire Poetry Magazine’ in the late eighties and has published a fair volume of work by other poets that will stand as a worthy record; the most important part of which has been his encouragement to new and younger poets. The ’emerging’ –some of whom will develop as a result; will no doubt pay him due credit. I hope they do! I will long recall the regard shown by Mal to my own work and will send him my next collection when it is ready. Meanwhile, I will continue to follow his progress. Any poet blessed with the talent to write a poem such as 'Peepshow' has an obviously growing ability which will grow much further.” - Bill Littlewood – (author of two National Poetry Foundation titles) .
see also: www.poetrypoem.com/songswithoutmusic