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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A Momentary Stay



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Poems by Paul Coltman


Paul Coltman was born at Maidstone in 1917 and educated at Maidstone Grammar School and St. John’s College Oxford. After War service (1939-45), mostly in the artillery, he taught English at Bradford Grammar School and Steyning Grammar School, retiring in 1977. He has twice won the All Sussex Poetry Competition. His poem ‘Granny’s Tale’, which won a £250 prize in the Arvon / Observer National Poetry Competition, was published in 1985 by André Deutsch as a children’s book with illustrations by Gillian McClure under the new title of Tog The Ribber or Granny’s Tale.



The other day while I was writing
a but scuttled across the page
and sat down at the end of the line.
I was surprised. I had grown accustomed
to certain temperamental words
flaunting their personalities.
Thunder has rumbled reluctant
ever since it was noticed by Milton;
silks are spoiled and rustle self-consciously;
cuckoo is vulgar, of course, a nuisance;
cherub fat with spiritual flesh
sits comfortably on its little round bottom;
and you have to give consideration
to words such as turquoise and diadem -
they are aristocrats, so to speak.
But if if and and and for and by -
the workers – began to claim privileges
it would be nothing short of revolution.
Imagine or or now or so,
an exigent the, a dominant and.
It is impossible, absurd,
but suppose they did. Absurd, but


Price £4.95 per copy post free (£3.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: by Hsia Kuei (1180-1230). From Chinese Painting by William Cohn, Phaidon Press, London 1948. (Private collection, Japan).
Publication: SPRING 1985 (40 pages laminated paperback)