Snooker Loopy

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No game can capture the phrase Poetry in Motion like the beautiful game of snooker. Fryup Publishing is excited to announce its future publication, Baize Passions: An Anthology of Snooker Poems, edited by publisher and conceptual writer, Mark Staniforth (@MarkFlux1) and poet @RMFrancis. Staniforth and Francis share a passion for this glorious, and most poetic of games, and are excited by the possibility of using snooker’s slow, patient regulations and its subtle deviations as formal and thematic experimentation. We’re looking for poems related – however obliquely – to snooker: it could be an ode to a mighty champion or a paean to a long-forgotten nearly-man; an asemic rendering of Tony Knowles’ complex love-life, or a limerick about Bill Werbeniuk bursting out of his trousers. It could rage like a Hurricane, or embrace the minimalist ethic of Whispering Ted. Perhaps a sestina for Lianne Crofts, snooker’s notorious first streaker. We’re particularly keen on reading submissions of poetry that engage with formal experimentation and poems that use snooker’s rules, tricks and meticulousness as points of departure for the theme and style of the verse. What will unite these poems is a passion for the baize.

For the sake of expediency, the anthology will – initially at least – be published via Lulu. Please its editors or send submissions to: staniforthmark @ hotmail .co .uk.


R. M. Francis is a writer from the Black Country. Author of four poetry chapbooks. Transitions and Corvus’ Burnt-Wing Love Balm and Cure-All (Black Light Engine Room), Orpheus (Lapwing Publications) and Lamella (Original Plus).

Mark Staniforth is a writer from the quasi-fictional North Yorkshire village of Fryup. He is a sports journalist, and is pursuing a PhD at Leeds Beckett University. He has self-published a number of works, including Fryupdale.


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