john whitworth


Meleager (135 BC – 50 BC) was born in Gadara and lived a long life at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, settling finally in Cos which he described as “the island he loved best.” He published a great deal of satirical prose and an anthology of other poets, all lost. What we have are one hundred and thirty four of his own epigrams, celebrating love for pretty women and pretty boys.



John Whitworth

John Whitworth, moving effortlessly into old age, has published an indecent number of books of poetry, most with his friend and mentor, the late Harry Chambers; the most recent, Girlie Gangs, with the excellent Enitharmon Press. He is published widely in Australia, New Zealand and the United States but lately less so in the UK, where a high-minded atheist, left-leaning muse is gaining ground pretty well everywhere but in The Spectator, where his poems still find a home.



The Light Verse Bake-Off is On

The Eratosphere Light Verse Bake-Off is now in full swing. The host, John Whitworth, has chosen a baker's dozen of the best submissions received and is posting them on Eratosphere at the rate of two daily. Don't miss out the fun at the Distinguished Guest forum, here.

Light Verse Bake-Off: Submission Deadline almost here

The submission deadline for the Light Verse Bake-Off for Able Muse / Eratosphere is August 28 — this Friday.
John Whitworth, who is in charge of the event this year, is looking forward to your submissions. Details are available at .

Are Poems Still Allowed to Rhyme?

Are Poems Still Allowed to Rhyme?


A contributor to a literary magazine enquires, ‘Are poems still allowed to rhyme?’

John Whitworth

John Whitworth is one of those fattish, baldish, backward-looking, provincial poets in which England is so rich (perhaps too rich).  His ninth collection, Being the Bad Guy, was published by Peterloo in November 2007.  Les Murray likes it.  Good on him.  You might also consider Writing Poetry published by A & C Black, one of those how-to books; it has run to a second

Being the Bad Guy

cover of Being the Bad Guyauthor: John Whitworth
ASIN or ISBN-10: 1904324371
binding: Paperback
amazon price: $35.49 USD

From the Sonnet History of Modern Poetry: Poems

cover of From the Sonnet History of Modern Poetry: Poemsauthor: John Whitworth
ASIN or ISBN-10: 1871471796
binding: Paperback
amazon price: $42.53 USD

Writing Poetry (Writing Handbooks)

A wonderful, positive, practical handbook packed with advice, exercises, and information. Beginning with what makes poetry, the author describes the different forms, how and what to start writing, finding an audience, and getting published.

cover of Writing Poetry (Writing Handbooks)author: John Whitworth
ASIN or ISBN-10: 0713658223
binding: Paperback
list price: $12.95 USD
amazon price: $12.95

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