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.


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.