Pete Ramskill is a poet, artist, designer and sculptor. He used to perform regularly on Terry Christian's Radio Derby show and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival for BBC Radio 4. He also appeared on BBC 3's Whine Gums poetry series.

Selected moments of machine life
Selected moments of machine life
a collection of poems and paintings
adult poetry
ISBN 978-0-9955012-8-7 | 72pp | 2018
rrp £8.99 | ebook £5.99

Flapjack Press
Central Books

It's no coincidence that Pete Ramskill is also a stone carver, he brings the same tools to his poetry - a hammer and chisel...

Pete Ramskill photo by Orson Ramskill Pugh
author photo by
Orson Ramskill Pugh

"There are many things I love about this work. Pete's stanley-knife sense of humour, his intelligence, invention, precision, quality control and his radar for those lies, injustices and petty sins that he cannot bring himself to see swept under the carpet. I love his use of language, his original images, his exposure of those everyday social earthquakes and especially those bits people think they've got past him but he reveals they haven't." - Henry Normal

Field Study No3 by Pete Ramskill
'Field Study No3' by
Pete Ramskill

On his poetry:
"Why are you so angry?" - Audience member at BBC recording, Edinburgh

On his paintings:
"Strong images whose resonating bands of colour reveal and mask each other - much like our emotions." - Richard Sharland, Terre Verte Gallery

"Pete's paintings are a vibrant celebration of energy and form. His extraordinary use of colour fills each picture with life, creating unique immersive worlds that pull you in."- Richard Barrett, Artist

Round here
from Selected moments of machine life © Pete Ramskill, 2018

Over the road
a woman of strange proportions
two hinged squares
languid lumbering after the dog
with her watering can
like some crazed shepherd-rain-goddess
rounding up the dripping mutt

And the neighbours
looked askance in amusement
and told me
how bastard rattlers
would find it tough round here
and end up skinned
and hung from lines
by them bastard kids
who piss in your milk bottles...

Cover and illustrations by the author.

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