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 Dance at St. Gabriel’s



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Poems by Felix Stefanile


Felix Stefanile is the founding editor of the poetry journal Sparrow. A veteran of World War II and a professor at Purdue University for twenty-six years, he lives in Indiana where he is a leading advocate of New Formalism.

”To say that Felix Stefanile is the most significant living Italian-American poet does not do full justice to his achievement. Yes, his luminous intelligence, unillusioned emotion, and delicious humour capture the immigrant experience with unmatched immediacy, but, nourished on Dante, Cavalcanti, Petrarch, and Saba, Stefanile instinctively finds the universal in the memorably specific. When he writes so movingly of living between two languages and two cultures, he not only presents the immigrant’s situation but the human dilemma.” – Dana Gioia


Grandfather’s Story

My mother bathed me in warm wine
for I was weak and puny at my birth.
The wine kept me alive, and I grew stronger.
My father warmed the wine
with a horseshoe burned red hot.
Thus I took in the cleverness of wine,
the endurance of iron.
To cool me then my mother cradled me
in the new leaves
of a blooming chestnut tree.
Soft, soft was the touch,
and I slept mightily.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover design: by Chiquita Babb
Publication: 1995 (80 pages laminated paperback)