Chatterton was printed in a limited edition of 50 copies signed by the author, which proved so popular that it soon sold out.
It is still available as an eBook: click here.
This is a series of poems about the 17-year-old starving poet in a garret, Thomas Chatterton. Did he commit suicide or was it an accidental death? You decide.
Polly Stretton created the series of poems from the viewpoints of those who loved or were somehow influenced by Chatterton, gathered around the foot of his deathbed, remembering and commenting on his life.
Polly says, ‘I’ve loved the Henry Wallis painting (shown on the pamphlet cover) since I studied the pre-Raphaelites—it’s been the inspiration for this series.’
Award winning novelist Carrie Rubin said, ‘Chatterton—A Series of Poems explores loved ones’ possible reactions to young Thomas Chatterton’s death, using Henry Wallis’s painting Death of Chatterton as a launching point. The verses are wonderfully visceral, and I enjoyed learning about this tragic young lad. The poem by “The Mother” about broke my heart. Only Ms. Stretton could get me to read a collection of themed poems. And I’m so glad I did!’
Chris Moran wrote to say, ‘Just to let you know your books arrived and I have totally devoured mine! I shall read it again and again. I’m looking forward to sending it to my friend in America…’
Poet Alex Carr-Malcolm said, ‘If you haven’t already ordered a copy, I can thoroughly recommend this collection. What a unique idea to look at many viewpoints. Each with their own take on the life and death of Chatterton. Beautiful poetry, an anthology that you will delve into again and again. Thought provoking and profound—a must for every collection.’
Chatterton was performed by writers at 42 Worcester 30th April 2014, at Coach House Writers 1st May 2014 and by writers from Worcester Writers’ Circle 12th June 2014.
Polly Stretton is a poet and author, a member of Worcester Writers’ Circle and a director of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe. She has performed her poetry at spoken word events such as Worcester SpeakEasy, 42 Worcester, Mouth & Music, and at The Poetry Place in Covent Garden. Her writing has been published in many anthologies. Polly released the first edition of Girl’s Got Rhythm in 2012.
The latest edition of Polly’s first collection ‘Girl’s Got Rhythm’ is available direct from Black Pear Press.
Also available as an eBook: click here.
Girl’s Got Rhythm takes us on an urban journey with Morning Town Ride. Feel the emotional directness of Illumined. He Sits and Waits highlights the sadness of dementia.
See the homeless in Spilt Milk. The Silence of Emptiness expresses lovelorn loss.
Chill to the vampirical He Drinks Blood. Lamb and Hollyhock Noir revel in things of beauty.
A four-year-old speaks of injustice in not sorry yet.
There is humour, honesty, sunshine and sadness in this first collection of poetry.
‘Polly Stretton is a luminary of the Worcester literary community and her writing, whether prose, or poetry, is always worth listening to. Her poem of a tube ride on a sticky day with its onomatopoeia driven structure is very satisfying, whilst Across the Timeless River, “Five past six, light bright evening across the wrinkled river” does for the River Severn what Waterloo Sunset did for the Thames.’ Gary Longden (https://garylongden.wordpress.com)
Polly said ‘How delightful to have been given the opportunity to reprint ‘Girl’s Got Rhythm’. Like many poets, as I re-read my work, I can’t resist tinkering to improve it—it’s not often that I’d call a poem ‘finished’—though as some will recognise, lots of them are finished as they form on the page. I hope you enjoy reading this collection—I’ve loved creating it.’