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Poetry news, poetry blogs, poetry magazines, poetry journals, poetry sites, poetry links, etc.

The History of a Manuscript

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"If you're keeping track that makes 64 presses (contests and open submissions) I submitted to."


... is fresh

Verse broadens the mind, scientists find

Richard Gray:
If literature is food for the mind, then a poem is a banquet, according to research by Scottish scientists which shows poetry is better for the brain than prose.

[via amy king's alias]

Some Rights Reserved: Poets and the Creative Commons Revolution

Monday, October 26, 2009
Travis King writes:
So, what does this mean for us poets? Poetry rarely pays well, and most poets remain obscure throughout their lives and even after death. As Doctorow and other advocates say, the danger for authors lies not in "piracy" but in obscurity. But with the use of a Creative Commons license, it becomes easier to distribute one's works.

The Poetry of Birds, edited by Simon Armitage and Tim Dee

Sunday, October 25, 2009
The book contains almost 300 pages of poems on birds ranging from the ubiquitous sparrow to the fantastical phoenix.

poetry & ideas

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Kris Hemensley:
"Another day, another poem. I turn the page of the three-year Alhambra Poetry Calendar (selected by Shafiq Naz, Belgium; see www.alhambrapublishing.com) which Paul Kane introduced us to a couple of years ago. It's the 21st September, 2009. In 2008 it fell on a Sunday, this year it's Monday. Page 342's poem is (surprise --genuine surprise) : Coventry Patmore's To The Body. At last! I think aloud, --A POEM!

A Pair of Ragged Claws

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"...we are dealing with an elite art form: not everyone can either do it or enjoy it."

[via Currajah]

f a i l b e t t e r

Friday, October 16, 2009
...is fresh.

Sticky Tape Poem

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"The whole idea is to get poetry out there and what better way to spread the word than to send it out on packages."

Fairy-Tale Book Repository

"We seek to collect as many fairy-tale books as possible, books known and unknown, for children or for adults, from around the world..."

14 by 14

...is fresh.

Why do poets write? (Not for ambition or bread)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Penelope Shuttle:
The trouble with this poem is that it is too well-known for its own good. I'm trying, without much success, to remember the first time I read it. It seems always to have been among the poetry furniture in my head, and so I can't really ever recapture the first electrifying effect of my first encounter with it. But electrifying it was, that I recall, and it is good now to have the challenge of re-assessing this over-familiar poem and experience it as the new.

BBC - Poetry Season

Patrick Neate:
"Tell someone you're a poet and their reaction will rarely be a brisk nod and an even 'right you are then'. More likely they will suddenly regard you in one of two ways - either with undeserved and inappropriate wonder or, more often, with equivalent and barely-concealed contempt. In the latter instance, their reaction seems to say: 'A poet? What's the point of that?'"

questions, questions, questions - lyrically speaking

The new Aussie lyric poetry

For Nina Sankovitch, a Book a Day, Every Day

Monday, October 12, 2009
But perhaps what stands out most is that, at a time when reading books can feel like a pre-Internet anachronism, she did it mostly because, well, she wanted to.

Should We Ban Poets’ Biographies from Poetry Magazines?

Roberta James:
"A biography which gives more than name and past works is at fault because it inevitably influences the reading of a poem."

Sea Things

Autumn Sky Poetry

Sunday, October 11, 2009
...is fresh.

1000 Verse Renga, the world’s longest poem ever!

Friday, October 09, 2009
Everyone is invited.

StAnza 2010 Participants and Two Readings

How fast will the Heaney tickets sell?

Currently, there’s a re-emergence of the lyric as a central form in Australian poetry, lead by several young, mostly women graduates and students...

... of creative writing courses. Is this trend a reaction against the innovations of postmodernism and the resultant north American, but globally influential, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry movement that had its heyday over 20 years ago?

Poet Don Paterson wins £10,000 prize

And Emma Jones has become the first Australian to win the debut prize for her work, The Striped World.

Standing up for pure poetry

Poetry is becoming very fashionable – in all its forms.

Aldeburgh First Collection Prize shortlist

Thursday, October 08, 2009
And the nominees are...

Great Irish Book Week

Great Irish Books

Author Tess Gallagher: Cancer gave me courage

Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The bout with cancer, which is now in remission, gave her the courage to care for her terminally ill mother, buy her dream cottage in Ireland and take on a publishing giant.

Unveiling of Centenary Knitted Poem

...at the British Library Piazza at 11am on Wednesday 7th October.

Dylan Thomas's 'In My Craft or Sullen Art' was the poem chosen for the Poetry Society's Knit a Poem project.

Poetry Marathon, Saturday and Sunday 17–18 October

Poetry Marathon is a two-day poetry event featuring performances from leading poets, writers, artists, philosophers, scholars and musicians.

Christian Bök's EUNOIA


To Let You Pass

Christian Wiman:
"It is now six months since Craig Arnold died — or vanished, as most notices have termed it."


"We at The Toronto Quarterly would like to congratulate Dionne Brand on being named the new Poet Laureate for the city of Toronto."


Tuesday, October 06, 2009
...is fresh.

A list of small presses that publish poetry books outside of contests

Please support these presses by buying their poetry books [US]

The poetry at the heart of cinema

The past decade has seen biopics of Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas and now John Keats, but film's reliance on poetry goes beyond simply retelling poets' life stories

Britain needs a black poet laureate

Monday, October 05, 2009
Peter Beech:
"Black and minority ethnic poets don't always behave in the expected way for poets; that is, they don't always sit down and write in standard English about Greek myths. Perhaps that's why they struggle to get into print. In 2004, writer-critic Bernardine Evaristo discovered that fewer than 1% of those published by mainstream poetry presses were non-white."