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Pennine Tales by Peter Riley (Calder Valley Poetry)

Peter Riley’s 1992 chapbook Reader opens with a quotation from J.H. Prynne dated from 15th September 1985:

‘It has mostly been my own aspiration, for example, to establish relations not personally with the reader, but with the world and its layers of shifted but recognisable usage; and thereby with the reader’s own position within this world’. 574 more words

English Poetry

'Thought is free on the wind-steps' (Peter Riley)

(taken at Kinder Downfall)

Good trail reading for the Peak District and for the times we find ourselves in  – The Ascent of Kinder Scout by Peter Riley (with beautiful cover art by Paul Evans of Kinder Downfall) is light in your pack, but threads heavyweight themes of trespass and civil disobedience, with ideas of Europe, migration and public access, but chiefly commemorates the protest at Kinder Scout in 1932 that ultimately helped lead to the formation of the Countryside and Rights of Way act (CRoW), an act which enshrines our right to roam. 23 more words

On Warsan Shire, Peter Riley and Poetry Criticism

Last week, Beyoncé released Lemonade, an hour-long multi-genre piece made by leading artists in film, music and poetry. London Young Laureate Warsan Shire’s poems “For Women Who Are Difficult To Love”, “The unbearable weight of staying (the end of the relationship)” and “Nail Technician as Palm Reader” are all adapted as interludes between songs. 1,856 more words


Meridian by Nancy Gaffield (Oystercatcher Press)

Peter Riley’s comment on the back of this new Oystercatcher delight from Nancy Gaffield points us in the right direction:

‘Each book by Nancy Gaffield seems a new venture—not a new poet, for there is considerable continuity of her way with words, but rather a new way of projecting the text, a new ancestry, and a new form of engagement with the reader’. 816 more words