Chatterton was printed in a limited edition of 50 copies signed by the author, which soon sold out.
It is 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 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 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 book’s 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, a small series 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.