Skip to main content

Published and Forthcoming Poems




 
A list of some of poems which have recently appeared in magazines and other publications.


 'Try living in a house', Magma, issue 75 (forthcoming) 

'The Flower Carrier' and 'The Champion', Wild Court, 5 July 2019

'Northern Anecdotal', Magma, issue 73 (Spring 2019)

'Cage' and 'The Bull', The Spectator, 26 January and 16 February 2019

'Patient' and 'Your anxiety', The Spectator, 26 May and 9 June 2018

'Graft', METER: the runner's review, issue #02, Fall 2015

'Building A Brighter, More Secure Future', The Morning Star, 7 July 2015

'Days', The Spectator, 8 August 2015

'King Kenny', Official Liverpool FC Monthly Magazine, issue 27, November 2014

'John Barnes', The Pride and the Passion: Offside Stories anthology 

'The Catch', The Saturday Poem in The Guardian, 5 July 2014



Popular posts from this blog

Way More Than Luck: 27.2.18 - the launch

Poetry in Motion

POETRY IN MOTION
Why one Reds supporter is committing his love for Liverpool FC to verse


Liverpool FC and poetry have a lot of previous – from John Toshack’s Gosh It’s Tosh collection in the late 70s, to the verse of Dave Kirby and Peter Etherington in the fanzine Red All Over the Land, to the lines written by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, a University of Liverpool graduate, in the aftermath of 2012’s Hillsborough findings. Now there’s Ben Wilkinson, Reds fan and book critic for The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement, who’s compiling a series of poems commemorating the club’s legends. “Football is part of the fabric of life, and anything that’s important to people finds its way into poetry,” he says. “Wilfred Owen’s poem 'Disabled' describes a soldier who loses the use of his legs, meaning he can never play football again. Philip Larkin’s 'MCMXIV' compares boys queuing to join the army to fans outside Villa Park. These poems have stood the test of time because t…

Way More Than Luck (Seren Books, 2018)

From the thumping heartbeat of the distance runner to the roar of football terraces across the decades, Ben Wilkinson’s debut confronts the struggles and passions that come to shape a life. Beginning with an interrogation of experiences of clinical depression and the redemptive power of art and running, the collection centres on a series of vivid character portraits, giving life to some of football's legends. By turns frank, comic, sinister and meditative – ‘the trouble with you, son, is that all your brains are in your head’ – these poems uncover the beautiful game’s magic and absurdity, hopes and disappointments, as striking metaphors for our everyday dramas. Elsewhere there are tender love poems, political satire and strange dream worlds, in an urgently lyrical book of poems that take many forms and modes of address: pantoum, sonnet, sestina; epistle, confession, dramatic monologue. All are united by a desire to speak with searching clarity about matters of the heart. Way More …