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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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COOK, Stanley




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Poems by Stanley Cook


Alphabet derives from the authors work on concrete poems with intending teachers and from writing poems for Infants (“a neglected audience”) for the B.B.C. programme ‘Poetry Corner’. The poems here address themselves to the adult intelligence. Stanley Cook writes in his Introduction: “Letters of the alphabet are the first gods of literature . . . My Alphabet is intended as worship of the pantheon of (at least) twenty-six gods.”

Reviewing the author’s Form Photograph The Teacher wrote: “NO TEACHER SHOULD BE WITHOUT A COPY.”

Stanley Cook
was born in a South Yorkshire village in 1922. He read English at Oxford and, after teaching in schools in Lancashire and Yorkshire, became a lecturer at Huddersfield Polytechnic. In 1972 he was the winner – from a field of over 1,200 – of the Cheltenham Festival / Sunday Telegraph “Poem For Our Time” (100) Poetry Prize.



A the Great, the aggressor of the alphabet,
Is a fighting animal with antlers locked
In a push-of-war, a hero in horned helmet
At the head of every attack.


According to the dictionary
It would be wrong to surprized
That it wouldn’t be contemporary
To baptize, evangelize and civilize.


Price 4.95 per copy post free (3.30 post free to Associate Members)
Publication: 1976 (64 pages laminated paperback)