Obsessed With Pipework number 90 has its amazing Graham Higgins cover art, and we are in the process of arranging its contents in the “best” order – so it should be on its way to the printers in the next day or two.

We are keeping the cover art under wraps, but here’s a list of the contributors & their poems:-

Julian Aiken: Orchard;

Roger Allen: Ghost morning, July;

Liz Birchall: My thumb;

Cindy Botha: Hearth;



Melanie Branton: Passages;

Long elastic;


Genevieve Carver: Snowball;


Philip Dunkerley: Stress test;

Jackie Fellague: The Voice of Purgatory;

Fish Out of Water;

Annie Fisher: Missing the man next door;

Ceinwen Haydon: Lopsided;

Autumn’s advent;

Margaret Livingston: Milk float;

The sea spider’s journey on land;

Moon hunt;

A small darkness;

Pat Marum: First-footing;

Pauline May: Log Boat;

Diana Sanders: Pilgrimage;

Llyn Brenig;


Fae Sapsford: On the behaviour of schooling fishes;

Mark Sorrell: In response to Harold Gilman;


The journey;

The field;

Sue Spiers: How to truly listen;


Nola Turner: Patience;

Children can be still at times;

Iain Twiddy: Tattoo;


Mark Valentine: White hound;

Phil Vernon: Getting out;

Not walking under ladders;

Watching the moon landing;

Sarah Walsh: Crocodile;

Maria in the sea;

Journey to;

Roddy Williams: Goodbye.

Any other poems recently accepted will be carried forward to the August issue.

Issue 89 is almost ready

Here is the cover artwork Graham Higgins has created for the forthcoming February issue number 89 of Obsessed With Pipework, now in the final editing stages. Look out for a list of the wonderful poets to be included in the next few days, and get in touch if you have not yet subscribed – still a mere £15 for a year’s four issues posted to a UK address.



see how few words you can use to share something revealing and also interesting about yourself, your mind, your life or how you work (unless it is all in your poems, of course).

Here is the latest cover:


On being an editor

There is something mystical about being a midwife at the birthing into the world of these stories

Maybe not doing God’s work, or the Lord Buddha’s exactly – maybe more doing the work of the universe in the spirit of belief in something beyond and above

Something we can’t quite grasp but sense, just as on first reading I sense a music in these elegiac poems and only later can see the subtle rhymes and then how the chimes and echoes between different poets’ pieces have somehow, magically and with no intention from me, put themselves together into a pattern.

Issue 88 is here!

OWP 88 picI see a hundred
lost policemen’s hats
bowling out
across the universe
along our rolling English roads
from Glastonbury
belly button of the known world
rolling out to Paris, to Prague,
to Rome, South Africa,
to poor benighted USA –
blown along on a wind of words
& inclusivity.
A hundred puzzled readers
searching for the story.

Obsessed With Pipework 88 is on its way . . .

. . . to the printers any day now.
These are the poets whose work will be represented:

Graham Allison
Martin Bennett
Penny Blackburn
Aaliyah Cassim
Paul Connolly
Hélène Demetriades
Robert Etty
Richard Foreman
Alice Harrison
Jean Harrison
Mary Hastilow
Jonathan Humble
Paul Jeffcutt
Ruth Kelsey
Peter LoBianco
Ayelet McKenzie
John McKeown
Tristan Moss
Miriam Patrick
Donna Pucciani
Chris Rice
Mat Riches
Marg Roberts
Diane Sanders
Penny Sharman
Sarah Tait
Merryn Williams