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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Les Amours Jaunes / These Jaundiced Loves



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Poems by Tristan Corbière
Translated by Christopher Pilling


These Jaundiced Loves is the very first complete translation into English of the 101 poems that make up Tristan Corbière’s 1873 volume Les Armours Jaunes and it is printed with facing French text. Corbière, born 150 years ago in 1845, was a joker, an ironist, a total original. A short section of Christopher Pilling’s translation appeared in the Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation (ed. Charles Tomlinson, OUP 1980).

“If anybody thinks translation is a dead duck, he or she should try … Christopher Pilling’s Englishing of Corbière. It’s work like this … that redeems the whole concept of translating from one language to another.”
Gavin Ewart, The Observer


Malevolent Landscape

Sands of old bones - The sea draws
Last gasps: its swell bursting, sound on sound …
- To see the night through, the moon trawls
Pallid swamp, gulping fat worms down.

- Calm of the plague, kiln of fever …
The damned will o’ the wisp is languishing.
- Through fetid grass the lily-livered
Warlock of a hare is vanishing …

- The white Washerwoman spreads
The dirty linen of the dead
Under the wolves’ sun … - Schools

Of toads, small, melancholy
Succentors, with their bags of colic,
Poison the mushrooms, their stools.

Guérande Marsh. – April


Price £14.95 per copy post free (£10.00 post free to Associate Members)
Cover Illustration: drawing by Tristan Corbière
Publication: SPRING 1995. (354 pages laminated paperback)