Category Archives: Poetry

A review of my book, ‘some time we are heroes’, by Matt Mooney for The Galway Review

Matt Money has written an excellent review of some time we are heroes for The Galway Review.


break it any flow of air, by Reuben Woolley

(::::::::::::::::::::::::::::(a poem for brexit)

comes a tide

………………………a stinking mouth

& we do move like dead

leave a harsher
voice ………………..a wet &

permanent they say
a poor song
& not in silence
does she sleep

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.

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, 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 ( 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.

The Dizziness of Freedom


The Dizziness of Freedom
Edited by Amy Acre and Jake Wild Hall
Foreword by Melissa Lee-Houghton
Published by Bad Betty Press
ISBN: 978-1-9997147-4-1

Honoured and delighted to have two poems in this marvellous anthology, ‘The Dizziness of Freedom’, which just arrived yesterday (the post is rather slow in Spain)! Jake Wild Hall and Amy Acre have done a brilliant job of editing. This must surely be the anthology of the year.

The poets are: Amy Acre, Raymond Antrobus, Mona Arshi, Dean Arta, Joel Auterson, Rob Auton, Dominic Berry, Mary Jean Chan, Sean Colletti, Iris Colomb, Jasmine Ann Cooray, Dizraeli, Caleb Femi, Maria Ferguson, Anne Gill, Salena Godden, Jackie Hagan, Jake Wild Hall, Emily Harrison, Nicki Heinen, Gabriel Jones, Anna Kahn, Malaika Kegode, Luke Kennard, Sean Wai Keung, Cecilia Knapp, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Amy Leon, Fran Lock, Rachel Long, Roddy Lumsden, Katie Metcalfe, Rachel Nwokoro, Kathryn O’Driscoll, Gboyega Odubanjo, Jolade Olusanya, Abi Palmer, Bobby Parker, Deanna Rodger, C.E. Shue, Lemn Sissay, Ruth Sutoyé, Rebecca  Tamás, Joelle Taylor, Claire Trévien, David Turner, R.A. Villanueva, Byron Vincent, Pascal Vine, Antosh Wojcik and Reuben Woolley.