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 Red Zone



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Poems by Julian Stannard


Julian Stannard teaches at the University of Winchester and occasionally reviews for The Guardian. He used to live in Liguria, where, briefly, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Genoa. He bears no responsibility for the economic well-being of Italy as a whole. His first volume of poetry Rina’s War (Peterloo, 2001) took us to the mysterious city of Zena. The Red Zone continues to make this overlooked Italian city the focus of attention. Yet the geographical range widens as the author finds himself in Corsica, the Vatican and the gangland territory of Calabria, as well as stumbling across the unexpected delights of Chesterfield.

From reviews of Rina’s War:

“Set for the most part in northern Italy where Stannard lived for a time, the poems are populated with characters that seem to have stepped out of a Calvino short story – ‘the butcher, the baker, / the priest, the collaborator…’ and though the quasi-narrative trajectory of the book is clearly autobiographical you have the sense of this world as a beautiful but fragile construction.”
Marita Over, Ambit


The Red Zone

I need to get back into the Red Zone
because I left something in the apartment
ten, twenty, thirty years ago.
And this little row of pants lining the alleyway,
handwashed, sparkling…
I need to climb these slate stairs.
Has anyone bothered with the locks?
And I thought the city so quiet
until helicopters drifted over my shoulder.
I need to get into that apartment
with it’s high celings, its whorey curtains,
the bat still flapping in the wardrobe,
a baby on the table.
Did someone leave a baby on the table?


Price 7.95 per copy post free
Cover illustration: Mario Mafai, “Scena per il Balletto ‘Coro di Morti’ Teatro Dell Opera”, G.Petrassi Collection, Rome. Reproduced by kind permission of Mrs. G.Petrassi.
Publication: JUNE 2007 (92 pages laminated paperback).