Pete Green is a poet and musician whose work is inspired by locations which include both the western edgelands of Sheffield where they now lives and the north Lincolnshire coast where they grew up. Their pamphlets Hemisphere (2021) and Sheffield Almanac (2017) are published by Longbarrow Press. Pete's poetry has appeared in journals including Under The Radar, The Interpreter's House, The Fenland Reed, The High Window and Ink Sweat and Tears, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Brotherton Poetry Prize.
The Lincolnshire Poetry collection is currently available to view on an appointment only basis. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for more information and to discuss your research requirements.
Search the Special Collection catalogue by an individual poet’s name or using the word poetry.
You can find more information on Pete and their work on their website:-
How can you bring a child into
this world? Cod landings having dwindled
scant, my dad swapped dockside shifts
for the sorting office's small hours
only for its uncircadian timesheets to disrupt his heart. Still,
he seeded names to my firstborn. The lad's now six. He says one day
he'll isolate the DNA
of the immortal jellyfish,
splice its helix with our own
so we'll not die. For now he nurtures
snails uprooted from the yard,
feeds them clumps of sap-steeped weed,
adds eggshell shards for calcium.
His new sibling comes of age
when I'm the other side of sixty.
Cradling both, I point out plants
we seeded amongst clustered frosts
now thrust with tiny tomatoes,
pale green and
Scientists say the cod stocks are
replenishing. Scientists say
there are a hundred growing seasons
left in the British soil.
From issue 66 of The Interpreter's House