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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Can Poetry Matter?



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Essays on Poetry and American Culture by Dana Gioia


Dana Gioia, the author of two widely praised books of poems, is one of the more stimulating and provocative figures on our literary horizon. This collection of essays addresses such subjects as the poet as a businessman and New Formalism as the real avant-garde, while also including pieces on the life and work of such diverse figures as Robinson Jeffers, Weldon Kees, Elizabeth Bishop, and Wallace Stevens.

“Gioia’s challenging and valuable essays forcefully anatomize the situation of poetry today . . . . No one since Randall Jarrell has talked more good sense on this subject”
 - William H. Pritchard

“I think Gioia is one of the few serious voices left on the front lines of poetry criticism. It has a ring of truth and deserves to be heard by anybody who still professes to care about poetry.”
- Tom Clark

“Dana Gioia is, perhaps, the most acute practical critic in America.”
- Johnathan Holden


Price 9.00 per copy post free (6.00 post free to Associate Members)
Cover calligraphy: by Iskra