Some Roast Poet #3

Finished before the current lockdown, Some Roast Poet #3 already feels like a message from the world we’ve lost, and when Nell Osborne read her poems from this issue at a recent Peter Barlow’s Cigarette, the simplicity of just going to see some poets read on a Saturday afternoon, with a glass of wine, seems a more precious thing now than it did then.

You can read Nell’s poems alongside other poems by Tim Allen, Stuart Calton (who also designed the fetching cover), Joe Darlington, Thomas England, Robert Galeta, Alan Halsey, Steve Hanson, Karen Hendrick, Nell Osborne, Robert Sheppard, Adrian Slatcher, Scott Thurston and Rhys Trimble.

Some Roast Poet continues to take the temperature of Manchester’s contemporary poetry community and its associates, and we’ll be working on a 4th edition to give us something to celebrate when we come out of lockdown.

You can buy Issue #3 for £3 (plus £2 p&p) UK Only here.

Or a bundle of #1, #2 and #3 is available for £7 plus £3 P&P (UK Only)

Disparate Measures 1: Spuds in History

Steven Waling’s latest book “Spuds in History” is the first part of a long term project under the title “Disparate Measures”. Here, we see Waling’s longstanding interest in the cut-up and the askew brought into focus with his customary observational tendencies. It’s not just that he notices what other’s don’t but from a different angle, and often with a relatable compassion.

Thus, the opening poem, “Little Bird”, sees him accompanying a woman on a visit to York Minster and her pointing out with joy the “little bird” in the stained glass pane. In this sense his poems are often a palimpsest, tracings over memories that are themselves reworkings of the instances that provoked them.

He combines this with an often funny, and always engaging fascination with the layers of language, whether its in the frequent use of Lancashire dialect or in the lexicons that we use to make sense of the world.


the working class dream in black and white

drawn down from Moston to Moss Side
the population doubles in a century
till the family move to Wythenshawe
packing old clothes in new cupboards
(From “Go West Where the Skies Are”)

Making the Dark Visible by John G. Hall

“Making the Dark Visible” by John G. Hall is the first pamphlet published by Some Roast Poet, over 50 pages of Hall’s latest poetry, described by Tom Pickard as “an original voice burnt in and built out of the experience of pre-apocalypse capitalism”, including half a dozen specially commissioned “graphic poems” where artist Sarah Peploe interprets Hall’s words in stunning strip cartoons.

Every death is significant
every life has significance
but his struggles signified
more than both of these.
(“Muhammad Ali in a council house”)

You can order a copy of “Making the Dark Visible” for £7 plus £2 P&P by clicking here . (Uses Paypal)

Some Roast Poetry #2

Spring 2019. Featuring Yinka Akintayo, Richard Barrett, Sally Barrett, Carol Batton, Mike Du, Joey Frances, Steve Hanson, Tessa Harris, Amy McCauley, Adrian Slatcher, Rhys Trimble, Ben Willems, Barry Wilson.

“What kind of family collectively hallucinates hippos?” (“Surface Tension arises from the polar nature of the molecule” by Tessa Harris)

You can order a copy of Some Roast Poet #2 (Currently UK Only) for £3 plus £2 P&P by clicking here (Uses Paypal)

Some Roast Poet #1

Autumn 2018. Featuring Tim Allen, Richard Barrett, Sally Barrett, Carol Batton, Michael Conley, Joe Darlington, Robert Galeta, Steve Hanson, Agnes Lehocsky, Janet Rogerson, Adrian Slatcher, Scott Thurston, Steven Walling.

“First I’d like to talk about the view from the hole: at the farthest point you can see the sea.” (“And Second” by Janet Rogerson)

You can order a copy of Some Roast Poet #1 for £3 plus £2 P&P (Currently UK Only) by clicking here. (Uses Paypal)