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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 Patterns of Destiny. These days he divides his time between Liverpool and Barcelona and is a member of the Liver Bards and Dead Good Poets poetry 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 (2019) through Dave Lewis of Publish and Print (Pontypridd). PUBLICATION HISTORY POETRY NORTH ANTHOLOGY 1998 126 WRITERS ANTHOLOGY (LIVERPOOL CCE) 1998 PTERODACTYL'S WING WELSH ANTHOLOGY 2003 FORWARD POETS PRIZE ANTHOLOGY 2009 THE FRENCH LITERARY REVIEW 2011 BARCELONA INK MAGAZINE 2011-2012 THE DELINQUENT 2011-12 THE WATERHOUSE REVIEW 2012 OBSESSED WITH PIPEWORK 2013 THE FROGMORE PAPERS 2014 ORBIS MAGAZINE 2014 THE FROGMORE PAPERS 2016 INK SWEAT AND TEARS 2016 UNDER THE FABLE 2016 THE METAWORKER 2016 THE FRENCH LITERARY REVIEW 2017 PROLE MAGAZINE 2017 BLACK MARKET RE-VIEW 2017 ALGEBRA OF OWLS 2017 RATS ASS REVIEW (USA) 2017 MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE 2017 ATRIUM 2018 DREAM CATCHER 2018 ALLEGRO POETRY 2018 OPEN MOUSE 2018 MILITANT THISTLES 2018 INK SWEAT & TEARS 2018 STEPAWAY MAGAZINE 2018 POESIS LITERARY MAGAZINE (USA) 2018 PULSAR WEBZINE 2018 THE BLUE NIB 2018 THE HIGH WINDOW 2019 PICAROON POETRY 2019 THE METAWORKER (USA) 2019 COLLECTIONS: COMPOSTING FOR ALL (As Hubert Tsarko) 55 poems (Publish & Print Pontypridd 2017)


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. Published in The Frogmore Papers 2014.

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Blog entries by john short

SALAMANDER (26/11/2018)

BOXES (19/11/2018)

IN THE DUNES (07/11/2018)

ROSE (02/11/2018)

THE DOGS OF ATHENS (31/10/2018)

TRAP (07/09/2018)


WORLDS APART (20/06/2018)

TWILIGHT (22/05/2018)

AIR IN THE MORNING (08/05/2018)

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Stu Buck

Wed 21st Nov 2018 02:31

thanks john! sorry for the late reply, i havent been posting on here as much lately as my new book is out in the new year. im glad my work resonates with you on some level. i'd be over the moon if you decide to pick up my first collection. alternatively, my new collection, a chapbook, will be available early next year. if you have twitter, i can be found @stuartmbuck and am very active on the site. again, thanks ever so much. i just popped on to post a piece i wrote a while back actually and noticed you had commented, so again sorry for the delay in responding. i look forward to reading some of your work and getting back involved with the site now i have stopped tinkering with my chapbook!

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Taylor Crowshaw

Tue 6th Nov 2018 19:57

Hi John,
Yes the last apple was indeed inspired by the thoughts of not having found that special someone.
Although, it was only when I saw the last apple on my tree (pictured), that the idea came to me..

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john short

Fri 2nd Nov 2018 22:50

Hi Taylor,
It was a real pleasure to be included in Poesis because it's a quirky little mag that's obviously a bit different and the poetry is very sincere. The editors seem to have a unique perspective and publish stuff which most conformist UK mags would run a mile from, probably for not being clever enough. I've only read your poems so far but look forward to the rest of it.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Fri 2nd Nov 2018 21:46

Hello John,

I really appreciate you commenting on Midnight. I am looking forward to reading your work. I note your long list of published poems and congratulate you on said poems. From some of the poem titles and comments it looks like I am in for a treat.

Regards Taylor

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john short

Sun 11th Feb 2018 13:21

Hi Ray

Reading poetry, some word or phrase triggers a memory or idea and then I scribble down a splurge of words, not thinking much in the early stage, just let the thoughts flow with minimal interference from the conscious mind. The rational shaping of the initial inspiration comes later, if that makes sense.

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Wed 31st Jan 2018 11:48

HI John. Following your reply to my comment of yesterday I agree about rewriting older poems - there can be a fresh approach; I find it always hard to know which angle to come from to get an idea across. I feel it helps if "philosophizing" about life to take an object and use that to hang ideas on, as it's easier to grasp a metaphor . Does that make sense? Great list of published poems I see !

All the best. Ray

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 12th Apr 2017 12:44

John, I shall make every effort to keep up with your posts. They are powerful. 'History Lesson' is really superb.

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Laura Taylor

Wed 14th Sep 2016 09:51

Ta for y'note on me funeral poem John 😃 I am deffo having some Ivor Cutler at mine, and the coconut shells will be compulsory!

Graham Sherwood

Thu 26th May 2016 13:58

Having just sent you a message John, I see you haven't posted on the blog yet.
The best way is to write your work on a word document and the cut and paste it into the blog via "add blog entry" from the top of the home page. You will have to sign in first.



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