Daily Archives: September 19, 2018

some time we are heroes – endorsements


I’m very proud of the endorsements of my new book, I’ve realised that it is rather difficult for you to read them in the photo so I’ve included them here-

“Reuben Woolley’s some time we are heroes traces the frayed relationship between two people in terms of a despairing yet lyrical crisis. Images of water, dancing, drinking and singing run through the book in poems whose lines shift nervously to produce a kind of sharp-edged jazz that touches both nerve and heart.”

George Szirtes


“John and Mary, whose trials began in children’s post-war picture books, are pitched into existential tribulations in a dystopian universe, akin to Popa’s. These poems occupy the worlds of both myth and physics with flashes of folk-surrealism. Woolley’s language is spare, his syntax and word-choice paint an off-kilter logic. His use of white space allows the poems, and their imaginative journeys, to perform themselves on the page.”

Helen Ivory


“In a line with our most ambitious striving for a new poetry and poetics, Woolley’s poems are both innovative in their means and open to the ruptures & struggles of our time that have broken apart the stories & myths that once held our world together – or that purported to do so. The results here are unique to his own special view of history & masterfully compelling.”

Jerome Rothenberg

My most sincere thanks to Jerome, Helen, and George.

I am not a silent poet

Jesus said, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be the nameless & unnamed
Give us this day our daily news—
decades of abusers now accused
Deliver us from evil

I do not forgive priests who hurt little children

No matter how much they confess
or kneel or swish with holy water
No matter how many catechisms
or pilgrimages or prayers to the Virgin

I do not forgive pedophiles
or those who look the other way

They can drink the communion cup
until their bladder fills, explodes the prostate—
stuff their mouth with wafers, white as chastity

They can choke on this spotless body
rendered for them, offered…

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some time we are heroes, by reuben woolley


WOOT! My books have arrived! I can send to people in Spain. Normally I’d recommend people in the UK to get their copy from the editor at www.corruptpress.com, but I shall be in England for a few days at the beginning of October and can post cheaper there. I’ll also be at a couple of readings if you want to get them direct. Message me or email me (reubenwoolley52@gmail.com) if you want a copy with a bit of my scribble in it (worth a fortune in a few years!) because I only have a limited number at the moment and some of them have already got someone’s name on them.

Pennine Hillsongs (The Haunted Mask II). by M; Margo. A mini-review by Clara B. Jones

the curly mind linguistically innovative poetry - weird & risky

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M; Margo
Pennine Hillsongs
(The Haunted Mask II)
PDF available free online (see link)
Ghost City Press (ghostcitypress@gmail.com)
Unpaginated (15 poems)


Mini-Review by Clara B. Jones

“(just for your information, if I make a facebook post about struggling with gender dysphoria, maybe don’t write a comment calling me ‘man’)” Margo Emm [M; Margo] on Facebook®,  7/13/2018

The purpose of this mini-review is to make readers aware of a new collection by Margo Emm (Publicity Director at Gold Wake Press) who is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting young avant garde poets writing today. They have published three books, Blueberry Lemonade (2015, Bottlecap Press), yr yr (2017, Ghost City Press), and, now, Pennine Hillsongs (The Haunted Mask II), part of the Ghost City Press Summer Mini-Chapbook Series. Kevin Bertolero, Founding Editor and Publisher of Ghost City Press, informed me (via e-mail, 7/9/2018) that…

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