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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MOLE, John

For the Moment



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Poems by John Mole


John Mole worked for many years as a teacher. He is now a full-time freelance writer, lecturer and jazz musician. He has won the Gregory, Signal (children) and Cholmondeley Awards for his poetry, and in 1999 was appointed the City of London’s first ‘official poet’ under the Poetry Society’s placement scheme. In 1996 he was Poet-in-Residence at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and in 1999 he was Visiting Poet at the University of Hertfordshire. He has written nine individual volumes of poetry for children and For the Moment is his ninth individual volume of poetry for adults. His previous collection, Depending on the Light (Peterloo, 1993), received the following review notices:

’John Mole reminds us of poetic values which are independent of any promotion. Assured, flexible, and rich with experience, his needle-sharp feeling for language feeds both his humour and his seriousness. Often, he seems to push us gently into understanding that the most serious things may also be the lightest and slightest.’
                                             Helen Dunmore, Outposts

‘John Mole has the virtue praised in an earlier Heaney poem, ‘A Daylight Art’, of practising his right art from the start and preserving it. This book adds to Mole’s complement of some of the most engaging English poems of the past quarter-century.’
                               Bernard O’Donoghue, Times Literary Supplement

‘An excellent poet, much concerned with children and childhood, expectation and loss, in a tradition leading back through Ewart and Causley to Auden and MacNeice.’
                                    Neil Philip, Times Educational Supplement

‘A new Mole collection is good news.’
                                                Ann Harvey, Guardian


Last Look

He weighed so little. They carried him out
for a last look at the garden.
It blazed with autumn sunlight.
Gently they put down their burden.

Grief, not flesh, was the heaviness.
He asked to be left there.
‘Troops, dismiss!’
A flash of the old order.

Nothing to do but obey.
The family mock salute.
At ease. Stand easy.
Go inside and wait.

So little. They watched from the house
for as long as it took
(which was the hardest, they told us)
then carried him back.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: by Mary Norman
Publication: SPRING 2000 (64 pages laminated paperback)