Peterloo Poets

Poetry Publishers 1972 - 2009

We are sorry to announce the death of John Whitworth 11.12.1945 to 20.04.19
Many of you will know John was a well loved and respected member of the Peterloo Poets “family” in its day and was a staunch Peterloo Poets supporter over the years.

The funeral will take place at Barham Crematorium Chapel at 12:40pm on Wednesday 22nd May
Barham Crematorium (CT4 6QU) is 9.6 miles (a 20 minute drive) from Canterbury, using the A2 to Dover.
No flowers, please, but any donations would be appreciated, in John’s name, to: Pilgrim’s Hospice, 56 London Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8JA or online at www.pilgrimshospices.org

 Following his editorship of the poetry magazine Phoenix (1958 - 1975), Harry Chambers founded Peterloo Poets in Manchester in 1972.
Peterloo’s first two full collections published in 1976 were Elma Mitchell’s The Poor Man in the Flesh and Edmond Leo Wright’s The Horwich Hennets. Peterloo Poets went on to publish 240 volumes of poetry.

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Haarlem Road



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Poems by David Jacobs


Haarlem Road is David Jacobs’s second Peterloo volume. It continues the ‘urban’ theme of Terminus (Peterloo Poets, 1984) which received praise in several national literary periodicals, including Poetry Review and Ambit:

“The obvious parallel is Douglas Dunn’s Terry Street but these poems have a resilience all their own. Jacobs’s is a sad, faithful but haunted vision of small failures and human details. Jacobs essentially sits and watches (sometimes watching himself watching), but such stillness has an intensity about it which raises his observations above reportage.”
                                          George Szirtes, Poetry Review

“These urban and suburban studies are distinguished by a palatable blend of wit, melancholy and sharp observation. ‘Park Tennis’ contains correspondences of Martian precision and the whole poem is a neatly extended metaphor for the artist as detached observer who is, metaphysically, at least, as much involved in the game as the participants themselves.”
                                             Vernon Scannell, Ambit

(‘Park Tennis’ later featured in the BBC Time for Verse series of programmes of sporting verse and also in the Oxford University Press anthology Spring Literature edited by Vernon Scannell).

The second section of Haarlem Road includes, amongst others, poems from abroad, and retains the precision and vivid description of the earlier sequence.



They service cars, stay with them for hours,
Dipping themselves in gloom, coming up as if for air.
We notice brass doughnut and pagoda leftovers.

Pioneers of Haarlem Road. They have time licked.
they leave untidy parking stationary for weeks
And carry on as if success achieved too early

Would discomfort them. At times we notice them
Inside, doors closed and staring out, as if
The vehicles were home and the world television.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover design: Gordon Stowell
Publication: SPRING 1988 (64 pages laminated paperback)