Reuben Woolley is the new Featured Writer. I came across Reuben’s striking poems through 52, the poetry group that ran for more than a year with a prompt a week. Reuben’s poems always hit me between the eyes, even when I have to admit I didn’t always understand them. He tackles the most difficult subjects head-on and uses different voices to achieve this. His words paradoxically are sparse but carry great weight. As you can see from the poems on the Featured Writer page he goes from very small things to the size of the universe from one line to another: you will see what I mean. His punctuation is minimal (no capitals either) so even ‘I’ is always ‘i’. When I (i) was putting up his poems I had to check to see if I was allowed to embolden the title! I think his line endings are explosive and his endings are always finely judged. I don’t know how he does this. It is really very instructive to read the poems.
Here is the cover of his latest chapbook with some spot-on reviews from Andy Jackson and Carole Bromley who certainly knows her onions. (Oh, I can see Andy Jackson does too but I don’t know him)
His website I am not a silent poet is an amazing platform for all sorts of poems on all sorts of injustices in the world but …word of warning… you have to feel quite strong to read them. Reuben is indefatigable at posting new poems on everyone’s behalf.
He himself is not a silent poet either (and poets shouldn’t ever be). His Facebook page for his own chap-book dying notes is here.