‘Piercing and haunting, Reuben writes with the not so distant voice of classical war poets. Skins is a graceful, human, and heart-rending timely collection.’
‘In this unmistakably harrowing yet essential collection of poems Reuben Woolley humanises the unprecedented record numbers of people currently displaced in our world and defines their suffering. Both press and poet have produced a book where the spine itself becomes a metaphor for art which must have a strong backbone and stand for those fallen in these troubled times.’
‘Ultimately he (Woolley) is an imagist/symbolist, in a tradition extending back as far as Eliot and Pound’s own poetic mentor, Jules Laforgue, and this book is a worthy addition to that branch of the modernist canon.’
Nick Cooke for Sentinel Literary Quarterly
skins by Reuben Woolley is now available to buy, priced £7.50. CLICK HERE to order. It’s a perfect-bound collection of compelling and emotive poems on the theme of the displaced, the dispossesed and refugee crisis. Cover artwork is by artist, photographer and poet Sonja Benskin Mesher.
All profit from the sales of skins will be donated to CalAid.
‘CalAid meets the basic needs of refugees, migrants and displaced peoples, primarily in Europe and the Middle-East. We believe that all human life is precious, that all people are born equal in dignity and rights. The proceeds from this book will help to transport warm clothing, provide shelter and supply food for those who desperately need it. Thank you.’
Reuben reading the old welcomes winter from skins
Reuben Woolley has had poems published in Tears in the Fence, Domestic Cherry, The Lighthouse Journal and The Interpreter’s House (forthcoming). He has been published online in The Stare’s Nest, Ink Sweat and Tears, Nutshells and Nuggets, Yellow Chair Review, Bone Orchard Poetry and the Screech Owl, among others. His first collection, the king is dead was published in 2014 by Oneiros Books.
He started the online magazine, I am not a silent poet, in November 2014, and continues to edit it. He recently started the online magazine for innovative poetry, The Curly Mind.
Reuben was runner-up in the Overton Poetry Pamphlet competition, 2015 and also runner-up of the Erbacce Prize, 2015 with the corresponding chapbook now published by Erbacce Press, called dying notes.