John Cassidy Biography
(1928– ), Poetry Introduction: 3, An Attitude of Mind, Night Cries, Walking on Frogs
British poet, born in Lancashire; he served with the East African Army before studying at the University of Manchester. From 1954 to 1976 he taught English at Leigh Grammar School, Leigh, Lancashire, and became a lecturer in literature and creative arts at Leigh College in 1976. After his work's inclusion in Faber's Poetry Introduction: 3 (1975), he published several collections including An Attitude of Mind (1978), Night Cries (1982), and Walking on Frogs (1989). In numerous poems, Cassidy's treatments of wild creatures become vehicles for his recurrent sense of the tensions between urban and rural modes of existence. More frequently, however, his work is concerned with the social and personal implications of experience; he has produced many compassionate but penetratingly observed studies of individuals in whose circumstances or actions he imaginatively locates broader human significances.