Poetry

The cover of Hemisphere, an illustrated map

Hemisphere

Hemisphere is the story of an impossible journey, told in verse, which circumnavigates the politics of interaction between people, places and poetry. On a chaotic round trip from the Hebrides across the north Atlantic, Canada, Alaska and Siberia, the poem invites reflection on government and nationality, geography, language and ‘post-truth’, fertility, decay, and imagination.

Hemisphere is published as a 48-page perfect-bound short book by Longbarrow Press (October 2021).

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Sheffield Almanac

A poem in four chapters about rivers, rain, relocation and regeneration, exploring the industrial past and post-industrial future of my adopted home city.

Sheffield Almanac is a 36-page pamphlet published by Longbarrow Press (May 2017).

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See also: Model City, my essay for the Longbarrow blog about Sheffield’s civic identity and the implications of being a ‘city of making’


9781784109233img01[1]Brotherton Poetry Prize Anthology

Eight of my poems feature in this collection of work by the five poets shortlisted for the 2019 Brotherton Poetry Prize, published in March 2020 by Carcanet.
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sheffield[1]Pulp

My poem sequence Pulp is a reflection on disposability and renewal and a response to Sheffield’s recent programmes of tree felling and library closure. It was published in October 2019 in DW Cities: Sheffield, an anthology from Dostoyevsky Wannabe.
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Print journals

Several issues of Route 57 feature my work, the most recent being #15 (theme: ‘environs’/urban nature), which includes ‘The River Don Shipping Forecast’ and ‘Three Views of Chapman’s Pond’. The railway-themed #14 has a couple in as well. Both are stunningly designed.
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The Fenland Poetry Journal features my poem ‘Love Song 2019’ in issue 4 (spring 2021).
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Under the Radar issue 22 includes two of my poems: ‘If Anything Happens to Me’ and ‘Love Song of Ingleton Road’.
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The Fenland Reed includes my poem ‘The Absences’ in issue 7 (autumn 2018).
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Issue 26 of Prole, published in summer 2018, includes my poem ‘Millennials’.
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I’m the Featured Poet in issue 66 of The Interpreter’s House. This means it includes three of my poems (‘Growing Seasons’, ‘Far North Line’ and ‘I am the king of Belgium‘) and they rather grandly call me Peter instead of plain old Pete.
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Online

You can find more of my poetry online in these publications:

Anthropocene
Acton
Ring of Brodgar

The High Window
Issue 23
Holding Out
On Watching The International Space Station Pass Overhead During The Indietracks Festival

Route 57
Issue 17
The Scorched Earth Masquerade Ball

Ink Sweat and Tears
Three tanka from Staithes

Caught by the River
Dan of the Don

The High Window
Issue 10
Prospects

Issue 5
Above the Party

Riggwelter
Issue 7
A Midweek Fixture

Issue 1
Mid-Afternoon

Three Drops From a Cauldron
The Night We Set The Clocks Back
Lady Jane Franklin on Out Stack

A Swift Exit
Diminished
(this also appears in the A Swift Exit anthology Absent Ginsberg)

Route 57
Issue 13
Night Walk by the River Don
The Astronomer’s Wife

Issue 12
Leaving Stromness
Staithes, April 2015