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Issue number 96 of Obsessed With Pipework magazine is about, just in time for November: a fortuitous coming together of unexpected poems about – being black and white; doing God’s work driving an imaginary double-decker and elsewhere; fleeing tennis on the Underground; being naked. Poets here are delivering pizza; trying not to drown; trying to drown a parent; finding themselves; losing themselves; becoming a boat; becoming a snail . . . and much more that I can’t find better words to describe than the poets’ own. Read them and become both wonderfully entertained and more deeply human.

Don’t forget: if you subscribe to OWP at the moment (£15 for a year’s four issues to a UK address – email for details) you will receive as a free bonus Judy Tweddle’s new pamphlet ‘Bring Back an Elephant’

Here’s the contents list

Emily Barker – Portrait of girl and horse; Tulip bulb soup. Val Binney – Boats in the Night. Stephen Bone – Grandmother. Beth Brooke – The Bees of Notre Dame; Vestiges. Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana – Clarty, New Year’s Eve 2020; Home; In my King-Size Oak Furnitureland; Bed at 2.27 a.m; Something Happened. Hélène Demetriades – Whitegates (I). Maurice Devitt – The Magic of Wood. Tim Dooley – An Old Tale. Helen Evans – Immortal. ;David Goldstein – God Slot In this world . . . ; In time. Tanni Haas – After the Funeral. David Harmer – That afternoon we found ourselves abandoned. Robin Helweg-Larsen – Hunting. Susan Holland – Drying Green. Liverworts of the Atlantic Rainforest. D R James – Only this, Just In. Ciaran McDermott – Left Turn at Kulgera Roadhouse. Cara L McKee – Sunflowers. Julie Maclean – Brides of Boogie; Right of Way; Second Amendment. Vicki Morley – Disappearance at Court 1609. Kerry Priest – Cursory Pastoral Rivelin Triptych; Slice of Life. Victoria Pugh – Declaration of love; Sitting in judgement; The spark. Geoff Sawers – Invisible City. Thea Smiley – Life. Sheila Spence – Sonata. Sue Spiers – Golden. John Tustin – Ragtime. Wes Viola – Atum; Leopard. Irene Watson – The Female Gaze. J S Watts – Hollow Man; Too Far Away. Roddy Williams – And there is the corner; Cold War Co-ops; Metamorphosis; The District Line.

Bring Back An Elephant – straight from the press!


We’re excited to reveal the first pics of the new Flarestack title, Judy Tweddle’s elegant poemella (poems+novella), available with a new or current subscription of our quarterly poetry magazine Obsessed With Pipework, or £4.

Bring Back An Elephant by Judy Tweddle is a foursome reel, a gorgeous collage of individual poems connected by a persuasive narrative imbued with wisdom: Lawrence can’t paint but runs an art gallery; Elizabeth can and captures his heart. Beryl pieces things together and enjoys spreadsheets. Miriam finds her way as she goes blind. There is a stone elephant from Mahabalipuram. Two, in fact.

Having sorted through a lifetime of photographs, Judy Tweddle cut a circle from the ones she liked best and framed them. She found the resonances and juxtapositions pleasing. She realised that the same principle could work with her novel in progress.  It is a tale of loss, perseverance, and loyalty. With dancing.  

To buy your copy for £4:  go to or use account name Mr C H Johnson & the reference: Alternatively, make a BACS payment/credit transfer to Flarestack Publishing Starling Bank account 60-83-71 34031111.

Or subscribe to Obsessed With Pipework for £15 (£4.50 per issue) and get Bring Back An Elephant + 4 issues of poetry full of strangeness and charm.

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Bring Back An Elephant


This August subscribers to “Obsessed with Pipework” new poetry quarterly will receive a free copy of Judy Tweddle’s poem pamphlet “Bring Back an Elephant” with the August issue 95. Copies will be available to non-subscribers at £4 – cheques payable to Flarestack Publishing to OWP, 8 Abbot’s Way, Pilton, Somerset BA4 4BN, please; bank transfer to HSBC account 40-38-07 Flarestack Publishing 21438875 – or why not take out a year’s UK subs for £15?

May “Obsessed with Pipework” contents & cover art

C M Buckland: Second planet

Alison Cohen: Between the segments of an orange; Hair was being brushed

Sally Dalglish: Bullock feed; My beloved English country again

Sarah Davies: Door; Falling; The funerals; The English border​

Holly Day: Cerulean warbler; Snow; Talking in circles; ​The guardians

Paul Fenn: Space camp​

Atma Frans: Italian sandals

Pam Gormally: Drystone wall; Honesty; Jigsaw

Jenny Hockey: Gift; Instead of a bus;Saturday night 

Eve Jackson: Loose; Unwrapped

Sue Kauth: Compost for beginners; Kitchen in sun; Stones

Mark Mansfield: Mirogoj

Gill McEvoy: Guerilla planting​

Jennifer A McGowan: Butterfly effect; Pride of place; Rising

Raymond Miller; Journey

Pat Morgan: Painting Tobias and the Angel

Charlotte Oakeby: winter’s sister

Miriam Patrick: Mrs Wise; West Pier

Agnes Read: Did you? ; Hare

Marg Roberts: a humbling

Mark Sorrell: East Harling church

Geraldine Stoneham: Funeral; Missing at the feast; Perpetual motio

Wes Viola: In my dreams, I have sympathy for Boris Johnson

Rod Whitworth: Tune into the strangest spring;

Simon Wilson: One perfect lime; The woman in the photograph
Roy Young: An Eclipse; Ordinary Things

. . . and here is the cover illustration “Tobias and the Angel” by Pat Morgan:

The Forward Prize For Best Single Poem 2021 Submissions

Obsessed With Pipework is proud to announce that we have selected three poems, chosen from the qualifying issues, to submit to the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000). We considered eligible poetry from Issues 90 – 93, revisiting some excellent poems, which we have been glad to have published and shared with an ever-wider audience. This year’s judges are: Shivanee Ramlochan, Leontia Flynn, James Naughtie, Pascale Petit and Tristram Fane Saunders.

Join us over the next few weeks, as we share some of the poems that have graced us with their strangeness and charm this past year.


A Happy New Year to all our friends, contributors, readers and supporters.

On account of a few technical difficulties, responses to poetry submissions have been and still are delayed, so please accept our apologies if your work seems to have been ignored. It has not.

Replies will be going out shortly, and we hope to be ready to publish OWP 93 during February.

Best wishes for 2021 from Katerina and Charles

Obsessed number 92 news

NOVEMBER’S OWP 92 is in the hands of St Andrews Press & should start hitting doormats without much more delay. Here is the contents list:

Stephen Bone: Change of Season; Kitty Coles: Nixie, Touched; Peter Datyner: Idle Hands, The Better Proof; Andy Eycott: Fire in a field, Illusion of sleep; Jackie Fellague: Rites of Passage; Mary Hastilow: Cider Barn; Tony Hendry: Going Wild in Wistman’s Wood, Lump; Jenny Hockey: Tea Time, The danger, When did you last see your father?;Heather Hughes: A Camera Flashing in the Sky, What do the Clouds See?; Chris Jackson: Seagull Caught in Shop-Window; Sue Kindon: Autumn term, The Law of Looking-glass; Annie Kissack: At the Bedroom Window, Capital Letters, Gone in F Minor; D S Maolalaí: Oil; Mark A Murphy: Snowfall in June; Christopher Nield: Image; Robert Nisbet: Carving;Miranda Preston: Dave, Hitchcock, The Man Who Knew Too Much;Donna Pucciani: Calico Twins, Dear Voltaire, How to Live, Remembering the Music, Wing; Chris Rice: Lunar Artistry; Chris Sewart; In Film; Penny Sharman: Lane with no Name, Leaving, Llabadrig Church; Geraldine Stoneham: Class, Night Work, Thoughts on choosing handles in IKEA; Paul Waring: Proverbially Unfinished, The One About Flying; June Wentland: Urban Wodwo; Roddy Williams: Perishables, Postcard to Romania, Rhyl.

Following the flying cow – a cartwheel penny


So excited to be ushering into the hands of readers this exhilarating collation of poets’ visions.

We are living in unprecedented & revolutionary times when many people have found time on their hands and a chance to take a fresh look at the worlds we have been living in and that live in us.

Please take these poems slowly & let their layers develop. The editing task means my focus is often on the minutiae of format or punctuation, and a joy of rereading the finished magazine is to start to realize all the other jewels lurking in and among the often adventurous works we have chosen for you.

These are the poems:

Angela Arnold : Glimpse,

She has to do Things Brightly,

Song of the Purse.

Cecile Bol: Post-credits scene,

My aunt’s castle.

David Burl: Berceuse.

Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana:


Kekkon Kinenbi: wedding anniversary.

Ella Edge: Field Notes.

Jackie Fellague: The Pace of a Hatching Egg,

Before the Fall.

Anna Forbes: Patience.

Ann Gibson: Roman Glass.

Anthony Head: Afterglow.

Susan E Holland: Night Hunger,

On Stopping Smoking,


Eve Jackson: Martha Regrets.

Marc Janssen : January at the Harbor Freight Tool Store.

Simon Kew: Kami Paper Ori Folding,

The Pathos of Things.

David Lewitzky: Cave with familiar faces.

Richie McCaffery: DNR,



Elspeth McLean: Crabbit,

High Water,

Sea Life,

The Bird Man of Speke.

Mark J Mitchell: Redondo Beach Summer 1963.

Abegail Morley: Lasting,

Foster Murphy: Moving People,


Sarah Passingham: Nothing Can Beat the Day the Egrets Came,

Something About You Reminds Me of the Orphaned Leveret,


Stuart Pickford: Asylum.

Fae Sapsford: In response to Harold Gilman.

Penny Sharman: Kitnor,


Miriam Sulhunt: Crow Tree.

Anne Symons: August Bank Holiday.

Louise Wilford: Old Flame,

Under the Bed.

Merryn Williams: Eclipse,




When your best friend gets divorced.

Stella Wulf: The Fantastical Nature of Insomnia.

I hope you enjoy them.