John Short was born in Liverpool and went to Leeds University. Later he spent some years in the south of Europe working in fields and factories and as an English teacher in Spain before settling for a long period in Athens where he began to learn Greek and the six string bouzouki. In 2003 he contributed nine poems to the Pterodactyl's Wing Anthology of Welsh Poetry, compiled by Richard Gwyn for Parthian Books. At the end of 2007 he emerged from an obscure neighbourhood of Piraeus to return to England, get a laptop and start submitting to magazines. From 2012 to 2015 he worked night shift in a factory in Liverpool. From this experience a couple of poems emerged: Biscuit Factory and Wrong Moves. These days he divides his time between Liverpool and Barcelona and is a member of the Liver Bards, Dead Good Poets and Pop-Up Writers groups, appearing at open mic venues around Liverpool and reading occasionally on Vintage Radio, Birkenhead. He has self-published a volume of poetry entitled Composting For All (2017) and also a collection of stories: The Private Unmentionable Gargoyle (2018) through Dave Lewis of Publish and Print (Pontypridd). His pamphlet collection: Unknown Territory - Poems about Greece was published in July 2020 by Black Light Engine Room Press and his full collection Those Ghosts from Beaten Track Publishing appeared in January 2021. A second full collection In Search of a Subject will be published by Cerasus Poetry in early 2023. RECENT & FORTHCOMING APPEARANCES NINE MUSES POETRY (WALES) 2019 LAMPLIT UNDERGROUND (USA) 2019 SOUTH BANK POETRY (ENG) 2020 THE CABINET OF HEED (UK) 2020 POETRY SALZBURG (AUS) 2020 SCARLET LEAF REVIEW (USA) 2020 PEEKING CAT POETRY (ENG) 2020 MARBLE POETRY (WALES) 2020 THE EUNOIA REVIEW (SING) 2020 HOBO CAMP REVIEW (USA) 2020 THE BEACH HUT (ENG) 2020 THE CANNON'S MOUTH (ENG) 2020 THE BLUE NIB (IRL) 2020 ZINGARA POETRY (USA) 2020 LONDON GRIP (ENG) 2020 FRINGE POETRY (ENG) 2020 SARASVATI (ENG) 2020 AMETHYST REVIEW (ENG) 2020 KISSING DYNAMITE (USA) 2020 THE LAKE (IRL) 2020 ONE HAND CLAPPING (ENG) 2020 PRAXIS (NIGERIA) 2020 POETRY & COVID (UK) 2020 SMOKE MAGAZINE (ENG) 2021 THE BROWN ENVELOPE (UK) 2021 TROUVAILLE REVIEW 2021 UP MAGAZINE (UK) 2021 HEROIN LOVE SONGS (USA) 2021 DREAM CATCHER (UK) 2021 RAT'S ASS REVIEW (USA) 2021 RUNCIBLE SPOON (ENG) 2021 DREICH (SCO) 2021 THE HIGH WINDOW (UK) 2021 DEAR READER (ENG) 2021 CHESTER POETS ANTHOLOGY 2021 POETIC MAP OF FREEDOM PROJECT 2021 ABERGAVENNY SMALL PRESS (WALES) 2021 STEPAWAY MAGAZINE (ENG) 2021 SNAKESKIN JOURNAL (ENG) 2022 LIGHTEN UP ONLINE (ENG) 2022 PENNINE PLATFORM (ENG) 2022 FLIGHTS E-JOURNAL (ENG) 2022 THE BOSPHOROUS REVIEW (TURKEY) 2022 CULTURE MATTERS (ENG) 2022 COLLECTIONS: COMPOSTING FOR ALL (As Hubert Tsarko) (Publish & Print Pontypridd 2017) THE PRIVATE UNMENTIONABLE GARGOYLE (As Hubert Tsarko) (Publish & Print 2018) UNKNOWN TERRITORY (Black Light Engine Room 2020) THOSE GHOSTS (Beaten Track Publishing 2021) IN SEARCH OF A SUBJECT (Cerasus Poetry 2023)
HISTORY LESSON We were collecting olives above the mountain road. Tangled in branches springing from rock to boulder, judging absences under nets with sea a thousand edges of light below and just to help time pass I counted ways that we might injure ourselves in the pursuit of oil. Then they filled me with feta, tomatoes, coarse bread strong dark wine and walnuts; sent me full-stomached back up the painful tree, pointed to a hole in the ground and said: that's where they used to throw them. And so began a history lesson more interesting than counting misfortune. The Frogmore Papers 2014.
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