I met Michael at a poetry reading several years ago in Manchester, he was reading with his partner, Deryn Rees-Jones. It was one of those lunch time readings that the Central Library are famous for, in the audience that day were William Park, Ian Parks and Steve Waling.
The truth was that Ian and I had come to watch Deryn, we had seen her many times before but it was Michael that day who raised the bar for poets who read. Michael was part of our conversation for years to come and on that day he was reading from a collection that was yet to be printed. It was raw, and it set the pattern for poetry to come.
Many years later I tried to arrange an interview with Michael but due to busy schedules and then his failing health, we never managed to meet again.
I was saddened to hear that Michael had a brain tumour and that he died recently. You can read his obituary at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/may/13/obituary-michael-murphy