Farewell and all that…

that's all folksJust over five years ago, I began my journey into the poetry world. Blighted by a preoccupation/ obsession with class and the arts, I brought them along for the ride. I started Proletarian Poetry for two reasons: to put more working class poetry ‘out there’, and by doing so, learning from and engaging with what became 150 poets. I have written around 150k words of commentary, which some day might become a book, and there has been 65k visitors to the site.

However, not in small part due to my continued ill-health, but also because I need to move on a little with my own writing, I have decided to bring down the bright red curtain on the site. I will continue to keep it accessible and will tweet missives relevant to class and poetry.

My next venture is two-fold: first, completing the manuscript for my next collection to be published by Nine Arches Press in 2021. Second, I have just been awarded an Arts Council grant to write a novel in verse (gulp).

I want to thank every poet, publisher, and reader who has been involved with PP, including those who read at the events I organised. Fear not, there is still plenty of working class poetry out there, but I hope in some small way, that PP has added to the barbed wire poetry of resistance.

Adios amigos. Venceremos!

In solidarity, Peter Raynard.

22 comments

  1. A great shame to see you go Pete Excellent work And good luck with the future Some wonderful work here An island of sanity Your site

    Like you I retain the urge to fight the class system but I felt like an increasingly lonely voice with a chip but this site re-lit my fire.

    I have been following from afar

    Regards

    Iain MacDonald ex neighbour 45 Forfield x

    From: Proletarian Poetry Reply to: Proletarian Poetry Date: Friday, 11 October 2019 at 15:35 To: “iaincs.macdonald@gmail.com” Subject: [New post] Farewell and all that…

    Peter Raynard posted: “Just over five years ago, I began my journey into the poetry world. Blighted by a preoccupation/ obsession with class and the arts, I brought them along for the ride. I started Proletarian Poetry for two reasons: to put more working class poetry ‘out ther”

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  2. Big love Peter and you created something that was for the reader in giving an insight to why the poem was written as well as just a space populated by a poem and Bio. The interesting part of PP was a chance and a place for the work you featured to read like a newspage, like a national geographic styled place of the landscape poetry inhabits. I have huge admiration for what you’ve given and for your selfless transparency and bravery in bringing mental health struggles to light. You are also a gifted writer and for that last reason it makes me happy you are drawing the curtain and may light enter the other room upon you as it should.

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  3. Thank you so much for all you have done with this site, Peter. There’s something very special about someone interacting with a poem you’ve written and sharing insights and joining up the dots. So often, as a working class writer, you can feel isolated and like you’re on the margins but your site has been a way of connecting and amplifying all the voices represented. I wish you all the nest with your future ventures. You are an incredible poet, writer and advocate and I look forward to reading/hearing your future work. Thanks so much. xx

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  4. Dear Peter, I felt so honoured to be on your wonderful site. You’ve been a right champion for working class poets, writers and people. Thank you so much for all your passion and perspective. I’ve so valued your commentaries on people’s work, as well as sharing from your own life. I’m not surprised you want to move on. Congratulations on your collection and grant. I look forward to reading both works very much. Great to know you, you are such a genuine man with valuable insights to share. Much love Rachael.

    On Fri, 11 Oct 2019 at 15:35, Proletarian Poetry wrote:

    > Peter Raynard posted: “Just over five years ago, I began my journey into > the poetry world. Blighted by a preoccupation/ obsession with class and the > arts, I brought them along for the ride. I started Proletarian Poetry for > two reasons: to put more working class poetry ‘out ther” >

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  5. Thanks so much Peter for all the stimulating, often challenging, poetry you’ve shared on this site, and for your always insightful commentaries. Wonderful news about your forthcoming Nine Arches collection, and the verse novel! More power to your elbow. H xx

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  6. Sad to lose you and PP, but huge congratulations on the Arts Council award, and all the very very best for your own work now, Peter. We will all be looking forward to hearing of your successes!

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  7. Peter thanks you for all your efforts.Your avenue is needed more than ever as Working class culture is more than ever under threat.Keep healthy and Keep writing.

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