poetry pf header
Arts Orgs image map
Second Light Network Enfield Poets Shortlands Poetry Circle Cornwall Poets Canada & US Tour

poetry pRO Weekly Broadcasts, FEATURED POET Joan Poulson
poetry tREnD

Poets: browse the list


ppf books & poem cards & selected items from other publishers – poetry p f SHOP ONLINE
MEMBERS’ EVENTS LISTING – readings, courses & venues
COMPS & CALLS listed by Members – Jun: Poetry Space
  Site Patron: Andrew Motion


November 2016: poetry pRO Visit to Bucharest is featured in ARTEMISpoetry Issue 17… buy, UK     outside UK
and see 6 British Poets in Bucharest and Series – bilingual collections


donations will be very gratefully received.

latest on site:

Susan Jordan

Sue Proffitt

Jenny Hamlett

Jessica Mookherjee

Scott Elder

Susi Clare

latest new pages:

Gill McEvoy

Stephen Bone

Margaret Wilmot


Comps & Calls

Jun: Poetry Space

Comp results:

Frogmore 2016

Ware 2016

Second Light 2016

Poem Cards, books:

ppf shop online

latest cards:

Anne Stewart (Birthday)

Katherine Gallagher (Anytime)

shop window:


featured poet, Jo Roach

Jo Roach photo


At my mother’s funeral

I watch my father for signs, as if
checking for the rash of a disease,
but his suit is buttoned-black,
the careful knot in his tie, you could see
a face in his shoes. We drink whisky
out of glasses too good to use and eat
thin slices of ham on-the-bone in our front room
with her sister Rosie who’s the spit.
Out come the photos, the holiday at Butlins,
my mother in a halter-neck and pencil skirt
shoulders bare, hair blown back.
Then I see too much of him wanting
her to walk in and say Put the glasses away
we’re saving them for best

Jo Roach

previously published in The Company of Poets,
The Redbrick Review, USA, and Staple