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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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McCARTHY, Patricia

A Second Skin



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Poems by Patricia McCarthy


Patricia McCarthy is half English and half Irish. She was born in Cornwall, brought up in different parts of England and County Dublin in Ireland before going to Trinity College, Dublin 1962-66. After a nomadic life, living in Washington D.C., Paris, Bangladesh and Nepal, she settled in England, in rural Sussex. A Second Skin is Patricia McCarthy’s first full collection of poems.


Curriculum Vitae

Name, address. Excuse the fantasy.
Photo of the woman I was at twenty.
Marital status: no second finds me the same.
Virgin, mistress, single and married -
Must I conform to a particular brand?
Education: boarder in fairyland,
life my crammer in pain. Courses attended:
romanticism, pantheism, mysticism
I’m ineffectively trying to expel
from my system. No certificates appended.
Studying ignorance of knowledge: to matriculate
at death that fails all results.
Experience: addicted dreamer, dolt,
passionate indecision-maker: inmate
of my own body’s prison. Job required:
thumb twiddler. Remarks: blank -
responsibility not wanted nor rank.
Disabilities? Paralysed, tired.
Work-shirking my hobby, being fired,
holding not playing Orpheus’ lyre.
Hated previous job’s unsatisfactory
nine to five and five to nine routine;
being owned by its industry.
How long there? A lifetime. Where?
In my head. Salary required: hours, air,
sun, quick pints of life. References:
any roadsweeper, Emily Brontė.


Price £7.95 per copy post free (£5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: photograph of the sculpture ‘Lazarus’ by Jacob Epstein. Courtesy of the Warden and fellows of New College Oxford.  © New College, Oxford.
Publication: 1985 (70 pages laminated paperback)