Prole reader and writer group

Prole reader and writer group

Reader and writer blog.

This blog is for readers to share their reflections about the poetry, stories and essays published in Prole. Our writers are encouraged to pop in from time to time and contribute to discussion threads.

Brief biographies of our writers can also be found here.

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Dining with Vegetarians, by Stephen Devereux

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:18:24
Reflection on and reaction to Dining with Vegetarians, by Stephen Devereux.

Stephen Devereux has had poetry published in more than 30 UK leading magazines as well as Irish, Australian and USA magazines. He has also published short stories, articles and travel writing. He has been placed in several competitions, most recently winner of the Slipstream Poetry Competition and runner-up in the Elmet Foundation Ted Hughes Poetry Prize. He lives in Liverpool.



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Zoo, by Gill McEvoy

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:16:16
Reflection on and reaction to Zoo, by Gill McEvoy.

Gill McEvoy is now a Hawthornden Fellow. Her second book "Rise" is due from Cinnamon Press in May 2013. Her first collection "The Plucking Shed" was published by Cinnamon Press in 2010.
www.poemcatchers.com

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Elementary, by Terry Jones

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:13:08
Reflection on and reaction to Elementary, by Terry Jones.

Terry Jones lives and works in Cumbria. His poetry has appeared in many UK magazines, including The New Statesman, Agenda, Envoi, Iota, Obsessed with Pipework, Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The London Magazine, The Observer, The Rialto, and others. He took first prize in the Bridport poetry competition 2011. His first short collection, Furious Resonance, was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2011.

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Change of Use, by Charles Wilkinson

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:12:03
Reflection on and reaction to Change of Use, by Charles Wilkinson.

A collection of Charles Wilkinson’s poems appeared from Iron Press many years ago; recent work has come out from Poetry Wales, Poetry Salzburg (Austria), The SHOp (Eire), Prick of the Spindle (USA), The Conium Review (USA), San Pedro River Review(USA), Other Poetry , Envoi, Orbis, Prole, New Walk, Magma, Tears in the Fence, The Warwick Review ) and other journals. His poems are also forthcoming in, The Raintown Review (USA), The Madison Review (USA) and Gargoyle (USA).

His pamphlet Ag & Au has just appeared from Flarestack Poets.



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Unfinished Business, by Margaret Fieland

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:09:11
Reflection on and reaction to Unfinished Business, by Margaret Fieland.

Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and music all her life. Her poems and stories have appeared in journals such as Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines, was published by Inkspotter Publishing in November, 2011. She is the author of Relocated, published by MuseItUp Publishing, and of Sand in the Desert.

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Piano Movers, by Robert Nisbet

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:07:36
Reflection on and reaction to Piano Movers, by Robert Nisbet.

Robert Nisbet lives in Haverfordwest, West Wales. He teaches English literature classes for Swansea University and creative writing classes for University of Wales Trinity Saint David, as well as being concerned with local history and sports journalism. His chapbook Merlin’s Lane appeared from Prolebooks last year.

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Show, by Sandra Burnett

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:06:38
Reflection on and reaction to Show, by Sandra Burnett.

Sandra Burnett lives in the market town of Otley, West Yorkshire and enjoys poetry, cycling and walking in nearby Wharfemeadows Park.

Keen to promote and celebrate local poets and writers she is a founding member of the committee that organised the first celebration weekend of Otley Word Feast in March 2012, attends Otley Poets and is a member of Courthouse Writers.



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xx, by Rachel Tennant

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:03:42
Reflection on and reaction to xx, by Rachel Tennant.

Rachel Tennant is a landscape architect and photographer with an award winning design practice based in the UK and Hong Kong. Rachel’s writing aims to distil a physical and emotional response to a location that captures and renders the ‘spirit of a place’. Her work has been included in the Glasgow Anthology ‘Tip Tap Flat’ 2012.



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All Day Breakfast, by Michael Crowley

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:01:08
Reflection on and reaction to All Day Breakfast, by Michael Crowley.

Michael Crowley is a poet and playwrite. His poetry collection, Close To Home, is available from Prolebooks.

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The Fridges of Madison County, by Clare Kirwan

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:00:21
Reflection on and reaction to The Fridges of Madison County, by Clare Kirwan.

Clare Kirwan is from Merseyside and has had poems published in The North, Barnwood, The Shot Glass Journal, Orbis, MsLexia and Iota, amongst others. She also writes short fiction. www.clarekirwan.co.uk

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After Sun, by Neil Elder

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:59:10
Reflection on and reaction to After Sun, by Neil Elder.

Neil Elder has been published in Red Ink magazine and Cake Poetry Magazine. He lives and works in N.W. London, and is a member of Herga Poets.

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Did I Mention, by Deborah Hambrook

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:58:10
Reflection on and reaction to Did I Mention, by Deborah Hambrook.

Deborah Hambrook – born in 1958, painter and musician, lives in Berkshire with her husband John and two rough collies. She has had poems published in various anthologies and is in the process of compiling a collection of her latest work for a pamphlet. Favourite poets include - Sylvia Plath, Carol Ann Duffy, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ted Hughes, Robert Frost, and Yeats. She is currently learning French, and enjoys teaching art and music.

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One Marble, by Idris Caffrey

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:55:32
Reflection on and reaction to One Marble, by Idris Caffrey.

Idris Caffrey's poems have appeared in numerous publication. His latest collection, Something About Snow, is available from Prolebooks.

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Barn Conversion, by Martin Reed

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:54:11
Reflection on and reaction to Barn Conversion, by Martin Reed.

Martin Reed won the National Poetry Competition in 1988 his work has been published in Anon, London Magazine, The Spectator, Encounter, Poetry Wales, Poetry Nottingham, Magma, Frogmore Papers, Poetry Review, Stand and by small presses in the UK and USA.



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Lamehit, by Mark Floyer

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:53:18
Reflection on and reaction to Lamehit, by Mark Floyer.


Mark Floyer is a schoolmaster who has taught for over 30 years. He has also written poetry during this period, subject to bouts of sporadic productivity alternated with lapses of muse presence, contributinging extensively to the small presses and having three pamphlets published by Sixties Press. With retirement looming into view, he has recently embarked on a Critical/ Creative Ph.D at Chichester University which aims to explore his childhood spent in India through poetry and reflection.

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More Things in Heaven and Earth, by Marilyn Ricci

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:52:27
Reflection on and reaction to More Things in Heaven and Earth, by Marilyn Ricci.

Marilyn Ricci lives in Leicestershire. Her poems have appeared in anthologies and many magazines including, Other Poetry, Envoi, Orbis, Smiths Knoll and The Rialto. Her first pamphlet: Rebuilding a Number 39 was published by Happenstance Press.



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Songs of Ishmael (a sequence of 8), by Rhoda Michael

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:49:21
Reflection on and reaction to Songs of Ishmael (a sequence of 8), by Rhoda Michael.

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Plait, by Emma Simon

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:48:36
Reflection on and reaction to Plait, by Emma Simon.

Emma Simon lives in London where she juggles journalism with family life and writing poetry. Despite 10 years of practice she hasn't got the balance quite right, but is working on it. She has been published by Prole, Other Poetry and Antiphon - and was commended in the Cannon Poets' Sonnet or Not competition.



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Student, by Roy Marshall

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:47:08
Reaction to and reflection on Student, by Roy Marshall.

Roy Marshall lives in Leicestershire. His pamphlet 'Gopagilla' was produced by Crystal Clear in 2012 and a full collection is due from Shoestring Press in 2013. Roy blogs at
Roymarshall.wordpress

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Sunflowers, by Andrew Wheler

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 11:45:59
Reaction to and reflection on Sunflowers, by Andrew Wheler.

Andrew Wheler grew up in the north-east of Scotland, studied in Glasgow, and now lives in the Basque Country where he works as a secondary school teacher.



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Rehearsing the War in Iran, by William Doreski

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:04:07
Reaction to and reflection on Rehearsing the War in Iran, by William Doreski.

William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. His most recent collection of poetry is Waiting for the Angel (2009). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, Natural Bridge.

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To Ivor Gurney, by Kevin Hanson

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:03:08
Reaction to and reflection on To Ivor Gurney, by Kevin Hanson.

Kevin Hanson was born in North Yorkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He has had poems published in various magazines.

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Roses of Pickering, By Kevin Hanson

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:02:30
Reaction to and reflection on Roses of Pickering, By Kevin Hanson.

Kevin Hanson was born in North Yorkshire and now lives in Sheffield. He has had poems published in various magazines.

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Recalculating, by Pru Kitching

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:01:40
Reaction to and reflection on Recalculating, by Pru Kitching.

Pru Kitching was born in the North East of England. Her life has been spent in the arts and she was married to the painter and stage designer, Gerald Kitching, who died in 1989. She returned to Weardale in the North Pennines after living and working in Copenhagen for four years. Her first pamphlet, All Aboard the Moving Staircase, was published in 2004 by Vane Women Press and her second, The Krakow Egg, came out in 2009, published by Arrowhead Press. She is currently working on her first collection.

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Neary’s Bar, by John McKeown

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 22:00:59
Reaction to and reflection on Neary’s Bar, by John McKeown.

John McKeown is a Liverpool-born writer based in Dublin. His latest collection of poetry, Night Walk, was published by Salmon Poetry in Ireland in 2011; his previous collection, Sea of Leaves, was published in the UK by Waterloo Press in 2009. A CD of his songs, Will, written for Irish Musician Leo O'Kelly of Tir na nOg, is available from Life & Living Records.

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The Chinese Lady Serves The Wine, by John McKeown

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:59:35
Reaction to and reflection on The Chinese Lady Serves The Wine, by John McKeown.

John McKeown is a Liverpool-born writer based in Dublin. His latest collection of poetry, Night Walk, was published by Salmon Poetry in Ireland in 2011; his previous collection, Sea of Leaves, was published in the UK by Waterloo Press in 2009. A CD of his songs, Will, written for Irish Musician Leo O'Kelly of Tir na nOg, is available from Life & Living Records.

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River Kelvin Survey, by Andrew Wheler

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:57:30
Reaction to and reflection on River Kelvin Survey, by Andrew Wheler.

Andrew Wheler grew up in the north-east of Scotland, studied in Glasgow, and now lives in the Basque Country where he works as a secondary school teacher.

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Letter from William Harvey to Charles the First, by Sarah Zillwood

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:56:37
Reaction to and reflection on Letter from William Harvey to Charles the First, by Sarah Zillwood.

Sarah Zillwood trained as a doctor, worked in the Midlands and is now a ‘house mother’, living in Dumfries, writing poems in any free time available. Previous poems have appeared in Southlight, Northwords Now, Orbis and Other Poetry.

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Trenches, by Maitreyabandhu

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:55:46
Reaction to and reflection on Trenches, by Maitreyabandhu.

Maitreyabandhu has won the Keats-Shelley Prize, the Basil Bunting Award, the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, and the Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition. His pamphlet, The Bond, was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award. His first collection is due out with Bloodaxe in May 2013. He lives and works in the London Buddhist Centre and has been ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order for 22 years.



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Chemo, by David Cooke

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:54:29
Reaction to and reflection on Chemo, by David Cooke.

David Cooke won a Gregory Award in 1977 and published his first collection, Brueghel’s Dancers in 1984. His retrospective collection, In the Distance, was published in 2011 by Night Publishing and a collection of more recent pieces, Work Horses, has just been published by Ward Wood Publishing. His poems, translations and reviews have appeared widely in journals including Agenda, Ambit, The Bow Wow Shop, The Critical Quarterly, The Irish Press, The London Magazine, Magma, The North, Orbis, Other Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Reader, The SHOp and Stand.

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Small Town Harvest 2012, by Dee Rivaz

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:53:51
Reaction to and reflection on Small Town Harvest 2012, by Dee Rivaz.

Dee Rivaz: Writer and mixed media artist living in North Wales. www.deerivaz.co.uk

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Case, by Roy Marshall

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:45:16
Reaction to and reflection on Case, by Roy Marshall.

Roy Marshall is a nurse working and living in Leicestershire.
His poems have appeared in The Rialto, Smiths Knoll, The Shop and in other print and on-line magazines. His first pamphlet is due from Crystal Clear Creators in 2012. He blogs at roymarshall.wordpress.com

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Sign Language, by Martin Zarrop

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:43:58
Reaction to and reflection on Sign Language, by Martin Zarrop.

Martin Zarrop is an (almost) retired applied mathematician who wanted
certainty but has found life much more interesting and fulfilling not
getting it. He started writing poetry in May 2006 and has published in various magazines (Reach, Carillon, The Journal, Poetry Monthly, Poetry Cornwall, Never Bury Poetry, Envoi). He is at present enjoying the MA in Creative Writing at Manchester University on a part-time basis and would like to generate a collection sometime. Meanwhile he just wants to continue the love affair and to keep on writing.

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Phoenix from the Ash, by Sue Millard

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:37:15
Reaction to and reflection on Phoenix from the Ash, by Sue Millard.

Sue Millard, born in Cheshire, has lived since 1975 in rural Cumbria. Her first degree was in English Literature and she has written all her life. At college she edited a student magazine and the college's annual poetry anthology, and was an active member of the Chester Poets. Sue works as a web manager, holding a Masters Degree in Multimedia. Besides poetry, she has published short stories, specialist equestrian articles, an award-winning non fiction book Hoofprints in Eden and a teenage novel Against the Odds. Recently she has had poetry read professionally at the Theatre on the Lake, Keswick, and poems accepted for Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin and Pirene's Fountain e-zines, and of course for Prole.
Some of Sue's writing is available here: http://www.jackdawebooks.co.uk/

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An Old Photo, by Wynn Wheldon

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, December 08, 2012 21:34:42
Reaction to and reflection on An Old Photo, by Wynn Wheldon.

Wynn Wheldon is a freelance writer. He has contributed to various magazines and newspapers, including The Observer and The Independent. His poetry has been published in numerous journals, including Acumen, London Magazine and The Spectator. A chapbook, Tiny Disturbances, is published by Acumen in April. He is the author of many books, including The Father and Child Companion (MQP). He lives in London.

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