John Whitworth 1945-2019

It is sad to have to record the death on April 20th 2019  of John Whitworth, a writer well known to many LUPO contributors. He appeared in LUPO’s first two editions in 2008 and occasionally afterwards.  His work could be found in a wide range of  magazines here and abroad and there are ten collections of his verse, published by Secker & Warburg, Peterloo, Enitharmon, and Kelsay, from Unhistorical Fragments in 1980 to Joy In The Morning in 2016. In addition there was was a book of verse for children, The Complete Poetical Works of Phoebe Flood (Hodder 1997), Writing Poetry (A.& C. Black 2001, revised edition 2006)) and a Faber anthology he edited in 2006, Making Love To Marilyn Monroe.

A good deal about his life and writings can be found in a Spotlight Feature in The Chimaera Issue 4 September 2008.


What Flowers Are At My Feet?

Another recent Kelsay Books collection is Little Rhymes For Lowly Plants by LUPO contributor Paul Willis and also available from Amazon UK. Details  here

O'Carroll Collected

Chris O’Carroll is well known to readers of LUPO with contributions stretching back to Issue 14 in June 2011. A select few appear in his recently-published collection The Joke’s On Me. (Kelsay Books White Violet Press and available from Amazon UK post-free.)

The first section, Entertained By Dust, looks at landscape, birds and flowers, the second, Hum It Once Or Twice, reveals the writer’s romantic side and the third, Some Force Or Other, touches on topics such as family, the theatre, paintings and science.

The Joke’s On Me is actually also the title of the last section where the nimble O’Carroll includes more of the kind of neatly-crafted wit the readers of Light, LUPO and Snakeskin are familiar with, from Road Runner and Coyote to A.E. Housman Changes A Light Bulb and Ode To Old Age.

That neat craftsmanship shows in a piece where he even manages to find natural and appropriate rhymes for purple, month, silver and orange, that is to say . . . But why not get your own copy to discover how it was done and enjoy what Ann Drysdale describes as ‘a glorious celebration of the joy of words’?

Geoff Lander Lightens Our Darkness

Another LUPO stalwart, Geoff Lander, has also come out in a HappenStance pamphlet. In his debut collection, The Lesser Mortal, ‘Light verse in awe of monumental science ’, he illuminates some of the great names of science, but allows for the ignorance of far too many of us by providing a wealth of nutritious footnotes, a new departure for HappenStance pamphlets.

An educative gift for those on the wrong side of the Humanities-Science divide of schooldays in the past, details can be found at

D.A. Prince Looks Between The Leaves.

What is often discovered there is the subject, but with ‘other layers of intent,’ of long standing LUPO contributor D.A. Prince’s latest HappenStance pamphlet, Bookmarks. They are not exactly the kind dear to signetophilists hunting for Scottish Widows and Pears Soap markers but rather the improvised or ad hoc specimens, such as tickets, notes, and receipts, found by librarians in returned books.

A nifty small gift for bibliophiles or versophiles, details can be found at