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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Bloom, by Miranda Stone

PoetryPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 20:49:10
Reflection on and reaction to Bloom, by Miranda Stone.

Miranda Stone began writing fiction as a child. She figured she was onto something when a relative asked why all her stories were so sad. Employing a minimalist writing style, her work is strongly influenced by the setting and culture of the Appalachian Mountains. Her short story, No One Is Invisible, was featured in the fourth issue of the literary journal Parable Press. She lives in Virginia.

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The Psychiatrist’s Final Patient of a Long and Trying Week, by JJ Steinfeld

PoetryPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 20:47:55
Reflection on and reaction to The Psychiatrist’s Final Patient of a Long and Trying Week, by JJ Steinfeld.

J. J. Steinfeld is a Canadian fiction writer, poet and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books, including Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), An Affection for Precipices (Poetry, Serengeti Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in North America.

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For Elsie Moll, His Future Wife, by Jeffrey Tigchelaar

PoetryPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 20:46:03
Reflection on and reaction to For Elsie Moll, His Future Wife, by Jeffrey Tigchelaar.

Jeff Tigchelaar’s poems appear in or on Fugue, Coal City Review, Best New Poets 2011, Pleiades, North American Review, Rhino, CutBank, Handsome, The Laurel Review, and The Southeast Review. He blogs about being a stay-at-home dad at xyztopeka.com.

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King Lear on the Northern Line, by DA Prince

PoetryPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 20:44:39
Reflection on and reaction to King Lear on the Northern Line, by DA Prince.

D A Prince lives in Leicestershire and London. Her poems and reviews are published in a wide range of magazines. Her full-length collection, Nearly the Happy Hour, was published in 2008 by HappenStance.

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Who Shot the Piano Player, by Ben C Clark

PoetryPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 20:43:43
Reflection on and reaction to Who Shot the Piano Player, by Ben C Clark.

Ben C Clark lives in Northamptonshire. His spare time is split between writing poetry and prose and wandering the banks of the River Nene in search of otters. His poetry has previously been published in Prole and the Fox Shade Anthology.

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The Execution of Charlie Brown, by Ben C Clark

PoetryPosted by editor Tue, August 20, 2013 20:42:44
Reflection on and reaction to The Execution of Charlie Brown, by Ben C Clark.

Ben C Clark lives in Northamptonshire. His spare time is split between writing poetry and prose and wandering the banks of the River Nene in search of otters. His poetry has previously been published in Prole and the Fox Shade Anthology.

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Cover art 10 - Toby, by Chris Pratt

Cover artPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:55:27

Reflection on and reaction to cover art - Toby, by Chris Pratt.

Chris had the common sense to move to Yorkshire as soon as possible. He lives with his wife, poet Wendy Pratt, mad hound Toby (featured), Elvis the cat and several chickens. He started taking photographs with an old fashioned SLR in his youth, but now enjoys using the digital media, including his iPhone.

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Seven Stages of Sin, by Sue Pace

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:51:38
Reflections on and reaction to Seven Stages of Sin, by Sue Pace.

Sue Pace has had almost 80 publications of short fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and poetry published over the past god-knows-how-many years. She is delighted to have her work included in Prole.



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The Problem Is, by Michael Crowley

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:50:52
Reflection on and reaction to The Problem Is, by Michael Crowley.


Michael Crowley is a playwright and poet. Work as a playwright also includes Beyond Omarska (Box of Tricks Theatre 2006) The Man They Couldn't Hang (published by Waterside Press 2010) A Warning Against Idle Gossip (Trickster 2011). The Cell (2012) 24:7 Festival, Bolton Octagon and You Are Here Festival Canberra. He has written widely for youth theatre and been writer in residence at a young offenders' institution for the last five years. His debut poetry collection, Close to Home is published by Prolebooks (2012).

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Cleanse the Soul, Ease the Longing, by Michail Mulvey

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:49:43
Reflection on and reaction to Cleanse the Soul, Ease the Longing, by Michail Mulvey.

Michail Mulvey, the illegitimate offspring of a gin-addled Dorothy Parker and a Guinness-stained Brendan Behan, is a retired Connecticut educator – 30 years middle school. For the last nine years he has been an instructor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He holds degrees in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. He’s been published in War Literature and the Arts, The Noctua Review, Scissors and Spackle, Hobo Pancakes, Fiction on the Web, and The Feathered Flounder. His short story “The Enemy” was accepted for publication in Remembrances of Wars Past: A War Veterans Anthology.



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The Great Simultaneous Breathing Act, by Jason Vandaele

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:48:56
Reflection on and reaction to The Great Simultaneous Breathing Act, by Jason Vandaele.

Jason Vandaele was born in Belgium, in the years since he has studied, worked and played in Europe, Japan and America, penning short stories along the way.



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The Falang, Mark Plummer

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:47:28
Reflection on and reaction to The Falang, Mark Plummer.

Mark Plummer is twenty-five years old and lives in Cornwall working for the University of Exeter. He has previously had stories published in the United Kingdom, America and Australia. He has also written and performed in plays for Arts Festivals.



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Catman of Greenock, by Jack Brownlee

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:45:15
Reflection on and reaction to Catman of Greenock, by Jack Brownlee.

Jack has been writing for several years, but has only recently began submitting short stories for publication. Prole is the first magazine to publish any of his work. Originally from Gourock on the west coast of Scotland, Jack currently lives in Cyprus with his wife and two children.



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A Fig Still Warm from the Sun, by Sophie Whitley Flavell

FictionPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:44:23
Reflection on and reaction to A Fig Still Warm from the Sun, by Sophie Whitley Flavell.

Sophie spent her childhood in South Africa and now lives in the Worcestershire countryside. Her experience of women's servitude during the apartheid and her fascination with coastlines and their fishing heritage is often reflected in her prose and verse. She has written a novel and is currently working on a collection of poetry.

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Yossarian, by Kevin Hanson

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:31:40
Reflection on and reaction to Yossarian, 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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In Praise of Stan, by Kevin Hanson

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:30:57
Reflection on and reaction to In Praise of Stan, 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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The Frailty of Everything, by Yulia Klimenova

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:24:55
Reflection on and reaction to The Frailty of Everything, by Yulia Klimenova.

Yulia Klimenova was born in Russia. She teaches English and runs Creative Writing workshops at Moscow State University. Her poetry has been published in international anthologies and journals, including Inspired, Spring to Life, Down Memory Lane (Forward Poetry), Indigo Rising Magazine, Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2013.

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Underground Dating Blues, by Jennifer A. McGowan

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:23:59
Reflection on and reaction to Underground Dating Blues, by Jennifer A. McGowan.

Poetry from Jennifer has been accepted by Agenda, The Connecticut Review, Gargoyle, Acumen, Orbis, American Journal of Nursing and other magazines on both sides of the Atlantic (She is a regular contributor to Acumen); her poems have been used as teaching texts at university level in the US. She has a chapbook just published with Finishing Line Press in the US and has been anthologised alongside the likes of Ursula K. LeGuin and Lyn Lifshin. She took second place in Orbis’ readers’ choice for issue 156.

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The Dancing, by Howard Wright

PoetryPosted by editor Sun, April 21, 2013 12:19:52
Reflection on and reaction to The Dancing, by Howard Wright.

Howard Wright lives and works in Belfast. He was a runner up in the 2012 Frogmore Poetry Prize. His first collection, 'King of Country' was published by Blackstaff Press, Belfast, in 2010, and 'Blue Murder', a pamphlet in the Iota Shots series, was produced by Templar Press in 2011. Recent poems have appeared in Cyphers, The Interpreter's House and The Frogmore Papers.



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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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