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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Unpacking Mr Jones



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Poems by John Latham


John Latham is one of the most original poets to have emerged in the 1980’s. Formerly a professor of Physics, he is now a full-time writer of novels, stories and radio plays as well as poetry. His poems have been published in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. He won the Lake Aske Competition in 1980 and the Hastings Competition in 1981. This is his first published volume of poetry.


Unpacking Mr. Jones

On the evening of the funeral, Timothy
declined to say his prayers:
’God will be too busy, unpacking Mr Jones’.

God strained once more against the crowbar,
holy sweat-beads sneaking down his face,
dripping from his beard onto the box.
Nails creaked their anguish, held.

God rolled up his sleeves, spat into his palms.
His white cloak lifted as he leaped into the air,
descended like vengeance on the crowbar.
The lid slipped primly away.

God slid his trolley beneath the box,
tipped out Mr Jones,
in his bus-conductor’s trousers,
blinking through his glasses at the sun.

God poked him with the finger that writes on walls.
He toppled into space,
glided through the golden light,
settled on the platform of a double-decker bus.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: by Karen Webber, aged 11
Publication: 1982 (56 pages laminated paperback)