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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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ENNIS, Julian

At the Frontier



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Poems by Julian Ennis


At The Frontier contains some poems (usually in revised versions) from Julian Ennis’s out-of-print collection, Cold Storage (Pergamon Press, 1970), together with many new poems.


Cold Storage

Headless and hard as bricks, painted off-white,
Hanging like frozen clothes, the dead herd moves
Along the assembly-line to the street
Where, in the sawdust, butchers wait with knives.

Here is no slightest hint of buttercups
And daisies, bellowing and having calves,
And Lightfoot coming to the milking-shed.
Impossible also to think that shapes
Like these can grace the bodies of our loves
With softest skin and downy maidenhood.

Unlucky, then, for sacred three-in-one
We cannot correlate existences -
The rank-fat creature, the steak underdone
And oozing blood, and these clean carcasses.


Price 7.95 per copy post free (5.30 post free to Associate Members)
Cover illustration: from The Tate Gallery, London
Publication: DECEMBER 1982 (laminated paperback)