Reuben Woolley

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.



About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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6 Responses to Reuben Woolley

  1. Pingback: Me as Featured Writer! | reubenwoolley

  2. E.E. Nobbs says:

    Thanks very much for post about Reuben – and his poetry interests. Enjoyed the selection of poems on the Featured Writers page – especially “counting” which says a lot in a few words about the instability of everything. For me, the lack of caps helps to give more equal weight to each aspect of the universe – including us & “i”. Great imagery.

  3. That’s v interesting, Elly. Glad you enjoyed the post and great to hear from you as always.

  4. Great collection of intriguing poetry that captures difficult subjects in the style of e.e.cummings.

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