A TOWN wordsmith is hoping he can put Uttoxeter on the poetry map as his latest work as part of a prestigious collection is published.
Christopher Rothery, of Balance Street, features in a new collection by publisher’s United Press’s 10 Of The best collection.
In all Mr Rothery has contributed 17 poems to the collection, including a special rhyme in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.
United Press publish work by around 60,000 poets so to be included in such a narrow list of poets is seen as a major achievement.
He told the Advertiser he was ‘very honoured’ to have been asked to be included in the collection.
He said: “The book is out now and is available online and in all good bookshops and there is a copy at Uttoxeter Library.
“It is only the second time in 14 years that United Press have done one of these 10 Of The Best collections so to have been asked to be involved is a wonderful honour.
“My poem about the Queen has gone in, as have five love poems out of 17 in all.
“I’m very fortunate that I can write across the board. If I see something rather special I will get the urge to write about it.
“For example their was a wonderful account in the paper of Felix Baumgartner falling to earth last year, which is the kind of think Tennyson would have written about and I thought I would snap it up and write a poem about it.”
Mr Rothery was already a published poet with United Press before this latest book came about.
In the past he has written acclaimed work on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and South Pacific atolls, as well as enjoying writing about the town he has called home for the last 21 years.
He has written an ode to the Uttoxeter Advertiser, to the Buxton and Bonnett store in High Street and to the ‘wonderful staff’ at the Balance Street doctors surgery.
He is hoping if he gets enough good feedback and the latest collection is a success, he may be able to publish an anthology of his work in the future.
He said: “It all depends on how the book goes really.
“I have another 30 or so poems and I would like to do an anthology with a mixture of history and love poems.
“The more people who buy this book the better chance I have.”
Mr Rothery describes himself as a traditionalist and an ‘old-fashioned poet at heart’.
He says he is inspired by the likes of Lord Alfred Tennyson, William Blake and William Wordsworth and admits to not being computer literate, still writing his verse with a fountain pen.
He is also a great believer in the traditional notion that poetry should rhyme.
He said: “I am a great believer in rhyme. Tennyson, Blake and Wordsworth are still my masters even after 36 years of writing.
“Poetry can be incredibly uplifting, full of rhythm, beauty and light and it can change your life.”
The 10 Of The Best poetry book published by United Press is available online and in all good bookshops.
A copy is also available at Uttoxeter Library in High Street.