Don’t Go

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by John Eliot

In his second book, John Eliot draws on wide and varied influences, from his own background as a teacher of religion to music and even the discovery of Richard III’s bones near his old school in England. He finds inspiration in the coincidence of a connection between Anne Neville, the wife of Richard III, and the town of Angers, near his home in France.

Reflections on mortality were stirred by the loss of his mother in 2015 as well as the deaths the same year of two close friends who were the same age as the poet. The reader will find examples of poems that reflect religion, such as Prayer, John 1 and Crucifix.

JOHN ELIOT was born in Leicester, England, the son of the local GP. His early interests in writing and music came together when, as editor of his university student newspaper, he interviewed reggae legend Bob Marley. He also had articles published in the fan magazines of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. John taught in the south-west of England before moving to France with his wife. He now writes full-time. He was the founder of the literary festival in St Clémentin, France. He has also published a novel, The Good Doctor.


“Tightly written and beautifully observed, the poems in John Eliot’s elegaic chapbook speak quietly of loss, memory and the deaths of those real and imagined. Poems that seep deep into the mind and linger long after their first reading.” – CHRYS SALT MBE, poet, writer, director

“In a field filled with similarity, John Eliot is authentic. His nicely crafted lines, surgical at times, make not only for smooth reading but hit exactly where intended.” – D OTHNEIL FORTE, editor, KWEE magazine

“John Eliot’s poetry has a lyrical freshness, as a breezy summer. I find the play of images delightful. The poems reflect quiet indignation at the insincerity of human ego… responding with a crushing silence.” – DR ANURADHA BHATTACHARYYA, assistant professor of English, author of One Word.