I was saddened to hear that Geoff Stevens has died. ‘Purple Patch’ and indeed Geoff became incredibly influential in the world of poetry. He championed small presses and unknown poets. His life’s work seemed to be to take on the poetry establishment and its cliques.  ‘Purple Patch’ was dedicated to publishing poems that people actually want to read. At the end of each year the magazine published an honours list of best small magazines and small magazine’s poets.

Whenever one submitted work he took the time to critique it and even made suggestions to improve the poem.  My link with Geoff and indeed his magazine began when he published  a poem of mine when I was twenty two , which must have been around abut the time the magazine began . Latterly, I was so proud to reciprocate by publishing some of his work in ‘Message’.