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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The Hen Ark



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Poems by Mark Roper

Mark Roper is an Englishman (born in 1951 in Derbyshire) who went to live near Waterford in Ireland in 1980. He has been writing poetry since the start of the Waterford Writers’ Workshop. In this fine first collection he often writes about people whose lives have been frustrated in some fundamental way, yet whose memory somehow persists down the years. He has the ability to light up both dark corners of history and dark corners of our own day in poems whose language is always sensuous, original and right. Many of the poems in this collection first appeared in Poetry Ireland and other leading Irish journals. Ten of these poems were represented in Peterloo Preview 2.


The Hen Ark

The horse broke your heart,
one day knocked you
unconscious, made your life

unbearable. You’d had
enough of animal husbandry
but in the uncovenanted grace

of this Indian summer
sun gilds hexagons of wire
on a homemade hen ark.

You busy with scraps, armfuls
of feathery straw, divining
differences between

our six pullets. Through
cluck and chirr one comb
raddles and swells. Tonight

you bring the first egg,
its shell naive and flawless
as your smile. Later

we crack it on a cup:
two gold yolks
in a wedding gown of albumen.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: ‘Hen Ark’ by Michael Ben Hennessy