Below are details of collections of mine currently in print and still available to buy. All other collections are now sold out.
Third Prize Winner in the international SPM Poetry Book Competition.
Results and Judge’s Report
Third Prize: John Lindley – Love & Crossbones
This collection is the work of a committed writer who is building on the poetic tradition to open challenging insights into what it is to be human. The resultant variety of subject matter is handled with imagination, verbal precision and originality of imagery in a range of poetic forms from tightly-structured sonnets to lengthy free-verse celebrations which, at times, approach the level of mantra. Several poems probe issues of religious and spiritual faith, both personal and public, in a searching and essentially positive manner. Others offer tender and vivid portrayals of family members, and explore the boundaries between generations and gender in a fusion of humour, wit and delicate suggestibility. There are moving memorials to “names carved in stone” and “the unknown voices” of the dead of the First World War, and the Grenfell Tower fire respectively. Other poems are peopled by a gallery of notables: among them, Heads of State (Napoleon, George VI, and J. F. Kennedy); film stars (Micky Rooney, Fay Wray and King Kong); artists (van Gogh, and Toulouse Lautrec); poets (John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Walt Whitman, and Edward Lear); novelists (Mark Twain, J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, J.D. Salinger, and R. L. Stevenson); and, most notably, popular singers and performers (Paul Simon, Bessie Smith, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Eddie Cochran and Elvis) – notably because, above everything else, this poetry sings! All the crafting techniques of rhyme, metre, rhythm, alliterative and assonantal patterning are skilfully employed to create memorable and life-affirming poems that have a propulsive energetic drive. This rich collection is powerful and moving. Buy it; read it; cherish it!
Price £8. + £1.40 post & packaging. Cheques payable to ‘John Lindley’. Please send to 26 Albert Place, Havannah Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 2AJ. Signed if requested.
From Cwmdonkin Drive to a ‘bronze unlikeness’ on a wet Swansea night, John Lindley goes in search of Dylan Thomas. He’s given the key to Thomas’s front door, examines the ink stain on an abandoned suit hanging in a museum. He follows the legends, the pints and the shots, wryly inspects the artefacts – photographs, cuttings, recorded speech. All that’s left is the voice, but what a voice. It echoes through John’s rhymes, half-rhymes and line-breaks, the rhythm and the assonance. Not as a slavish homage or pastiche, but a felt presence – always the music, always the voice. Phil Williams, Poet.
Price £5 + £1.24 post & packaging. Cheques payable to ‘John Lindley’. Please send to 26 Albert Place, Havannah Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 2AJ.
Screen Fever – sold out
Screen Fever, the latest collection from poet John Lindley, is published by Pinewood Press.
Unlike many of the subjects – “cinema’s luminaries” – there is nothing showy or overblown in John Lindley’s sequence which ripples with fascination and delight as it luxuriates in “the shimmer of the silver screen”. As expected, given the subject matter, “the stars and the sex and the scandal”, the writing is a gallery of visual detail couched in fresh imagery, skilful puns, song-like rhythms and rhyme, and variety of form. Poem after poem brings these “giants that walked upon the screen” into realistic perspective with humour, wit, and enviable craft. This is poetry that is underpinned with irony and insight and which speaks honestly and humanely – accessible, memorable, moving and slick without ever being meretricious. Roger Elkin, Poet
John Lindley’s poems are always shaped by a dry wit, but he keeps an eye on the wider picture. Comedy, tragedy and close observation in one volume. Jo Bell, Poet
This is a rippling, romantic, roaring sequence of poems, all memorable, tragedy, comedy, irony end to end. Rob Morgan, Writer and Reviewer
Price £7 + £1.60 post & packaging. Cheques payable to ‘John Lindley’. Please send to 26 Albert Place, Havannah Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 2AJ.
The Casting Boat – sold out
The Casting Boat is published by the prestigious and long-running poetry publisher, Headland.
Headland have been responsible for the publication of some of poetry’s leading lights, not least the current Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
“ Lindley’s is an acutely observed world…(his) poetry is sexy, lyrical and by turns melancholic.” Keith Armstrong, Link
“John Lindley’s poems exist in the twilight world between the merely fanciful and the genuinely disturbing” iota
Price £7.99 + £1.31 post & packaging. Cheques payable to ‘John Lindley’. No longer available.
House of Wonders
Reactions to House of Wonders:
“A superb collection, perhaps his best work to date. From inception and conception, through design and layout to the last line of the final poem it’s great.”
“The Death of Houdini is not just a fine poem, it is a great poem, with inspired imagery. I hope it makes it into the anthologies of time, for it both fits perfectly into the sequence but would sparkle alone. But sparkling in a bed of fine poems. I have read the book twice and look forward to picking it up again soon. And whoever designed the layout deserves the publisher’s equivalent of an Oscar.”
“The poetry in this book has to be some of Lindley’s best. Right through to the end with Ascension, Recollection and Headstone the subject’s life is captured in such a clear and understanding way. Super poems.”
Price £7.95 + £1.15 post & packaging. Cheques payable to ‘John Lindley’. Please send to 26 Albert Place, Havannah Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 2AJ.
Signed copies of books are available from John Lindley. To order: phone 01260 273219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
My 5 previous collections – Cheshire Rising, Scarecrow Crimes, Stills from November Campaigns, Cages and Fields and Pacific Envelope – are no longer available.