Posted by: John Looker | 27 January, 2015

Out now: The Human Hive

Many, many thanks to Bennison Books whose patience and encouragement have been remarkable. This book, under my pen name of John Looker, is the product of two years’ drafting.
Over half the contents are new and even those poems that have appeared on my blog are, at last, given the place planned for them in the overall framework.
Incidentally, thanks also to Terry Ownby, professional photographer, for the cover illustration.

Bennison Books


Bennison Books’ is proud to publish The Human Hive by John Looker — our first publication in 2015, and the first to be published under our new Poetic Licence imprint. This double first is a fantastic start to the year for us as John is a brilliant writer of highly original poetry. We are invited to share an epic journey with him through time and across continents – and what a journey it is!

Spanning the globe
With economy and intelligence, he spans the globe and navigates our common history over millennia. Here we meet our ancient ancestors as they conjure with possibility; a humble vegetable grower rebelling against the tyranny of straight rows; and a dancer longing for a break and recognition at last. We are taken inside the confines of a submarine; join a businesswoman locked outside on a hotel balcony; and witness a high-profile ambassador’s very public fall from…

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  1. many congrats!!!!! definitely adding this to my to be read list 🙂

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  2. John, I just placed my order through Barnes and Noble. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the book in print. Congratulations!

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  3. I’m honoured Thomas, and I hope you enjoy it.


  4. Wonderful! So happy to see that you have published, congratulations.


    • Hello Kalila, it’s good to hear from you. Thank you!


  5. Congratulations! I, too, will place my order. It will be a pleasure to read.


    • Hello Anna. I am honoured that you wish to read it — and I hope you enjoy it.


  6. Congratulations, my friend!


    • Hi José Ruy. Best wishes to you down in Brasil.

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      • Thank you, John.


  7. This book is a treasure, John, and I have enjoyed dipping into its delights since the day it was delivered to my door. A goodly number of the poems are, of course, familiar—I have read them on your blog, more than once, and will return to them, I know. The best fun is finding the ones I hadn’t seen before. You must know I love the Martha poems….so true and so poignant…..especially “Swan Lake.” And then there’s “Night Shift”—a masterpiece, in my view. Thank you for a beautiful collection of poetry.


    • That’s most kind Cynthia and I am relieved that you have liked the book. More than that: I’m ‘dead chuffed’ (to use an English expression from the epoch of the Martha poems). I have discovered also that you have posted a complimentary review on the Amazon site, and I appreciate that very much too. Thank you very much indeed.


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