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The Use of Poetry

Monday, November 30, 2009
Ian McEwan writes:
"It was already clear that his own special study would be the physics of light, and he was naturally drawn to the poem of that name, and learned its last dozen lines by heart."

Significant Others

Sarah Broughton writes:
"There is a distinguished list of 'significant others' in cultural history – usually wives or lovers or sisters of celebrated writers, artists and musicians who are famous for their proximity to the celebrated person, rather than their own achievements..."


...is fresh.

RIP John West

Sad news about Australian poet John West

Hear his poem, The Admission

Funeral arrangements

Monumental: an exquisite corpse

Sunday, November 29, 2009
Broadside #16 features Karen Head and her Plinth Twitter Poetry Project:
Two video clips are included in this broadside as well -- from Time Magazine and the One & Other project.

Some Favourite Poetry Collections of 2009: Part Two

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Which poetry books do the poets recommend?

Some Favourite Poetry Collections of 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009
What’s your favourite volume of 2009?

Police Poetry Calendar

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Welcome to the first calendar of poems and photographs by Portland police officers, detectives, local poets and photographers [USA]:
At the first meeting between the poets and police officers, Lt. Sauschuck said, 'I gotta be honest with you, Marty, if you gave me a choice between writing a poem or fighting four guys at the same time in the street out there, I'd be fighting those four guys right now.' A few seconds later, poet Annie Finch sighed and said in a forlorn tone, 'Me too. Writing poetry is hard.'
[via Stick Poet Super Hero]

The Death of Loftiness in Poetry

Robert Peake wrote:
"Imagine reading some of these titles to Whitman, Keats, or Blake, and explaining that these are the titles of books of poems. The sound of their bemused, bewildered, and ultimately uncomfortable laughter is a sound that haunts our age."

The Daily Telegraph editor who brought Buddha to life

Saturday, November 21, 2009
...a poet who was considered for Poet Laureate

out of the box - is nearly out

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets, edited by Michael Farrell and Jill Jones"

Ouroboros Review

Friday, November 13, 2009
... is fresh

Distant Voices: Virtual Poetry Festival

Thursday, November 12, 2009
On 14 November, StAnza will stage a brand-new poetry event, a one-day virtual poetry festival, using the latest digital technology to link up poets from around the world.

So what if I copied work says Sir Andrew Motion, Shakespeare did all the time

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sir Andrew Motion has been accused of “shameless burglary” by a military historian whose research he lifted and put into a poem about shell-shock for Remembrance Sunday.

And the poem in question...


Monday, November 09, 2009
...is fresh.

Pool Poetry

...is fresh.

How Not to Run a Literary Festival

Thursday, November 05, 2009
Amanda Craig writes:
"Firstly, you must pay. It is simply not OK to treat authors as a public service. Authors may seem to have a lovely carefree life, or to be so low-paid that another day of penury simply doesn't matter, but in fact we all work extremely hard and our time is worth something. It may only be £100 or it may be ten times that. But offering only biscuits is an insult. We can get biscuits at home, thanks."

Ka mate ka ora

...is fresh.

Edmund Wilson's all-purpose "get lost" letter

Wednesday, November 04, 2009
"Edmund Wilson regrets that it is impossible for him under any circumstance to take part in chain-poems..."

Rust and Moth

...is fresh.

Campaign to Put the Poem Back in Waterloo Underpass

The poem was commissioned by the Arts Council and the BFI from Sue Hubbard to make the experience of taking the underpass from Waterloo to the Imax Cinema a little less grim.

qarrtsiluni's Call

Tuesday, November 03, 2009
"We are interested in creative interpretations of health..."

Deadline: 30 November

Cerise Press

Monday, November 02, 2009
...is fresh.

Who will win the first ever Australian Poetry Blog Battle?

Sunday, November 01, 2009
Curnow vs Motion.