Constructions [Konstrukce]: Joshua Calladine-Jones, tall-lighthouse

This impressive debut pamphlet by Joshua Calladine-Jones features three sections that question the very roots of how we use language and proposes different ways of communication. This might entail making grammatical mistakes and the deconstruction and reconstruction of discourses as part of a creative practice as well as distortions of famous poems and alternative methods of translation that devia...

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Katrina Naomi's sea-swimming poem wins £1,000 Keats-Shelley prize

A poem about sea swimming by Katrina Naomi, ‘in the kelp forest’, has won this year’s £1,000 Keats-Shelley poetry prize. Katrina said the winning poem was part of a series “written in response to daily swims, over the last year. I love sea swimming, I go first thing in the morning. I used to be scar...

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News

Pow! New performance poetry night to be launched in London

A new performance poetry night is being launched next month in south-east London. POW! – Play on Words – will be staged at the Bridge House theatre, Penge, and will be organised and compered by Lee Ca...

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Events

Growing Places: Polly Stretton, Black Pear Press

Chair of the OU Poetry Society, poet, coach and mentor Polly Stretton is the author of three previous full-length poetry collections, Girl’s Got Rhythm (2012), Chatterton (2014) and The Alchemy of ’42...

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Linda Gregerson and John McAuliffe to judge £2,000 Troubadour competition

Linda Gregerson and John McAuliffe will be judging the £2,000 Troubadour international poetry prize. The deadline is 27 September. More details

 

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Competitions

Will Harris to judge £1,000 Oxford Brookes poetry competition

Will Harris will be judging the £1,000 Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre’s international poetry competition. The deadline is 20 September. More details

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'Veiled, he's mysterious as a bride'

What haunts this loose sonnet by Carrie Green is loss, anticipated loss, but loss, nonetheless. Yet, what emerges is an elegant “pre-elegy”. A tender anthem to a father and to the sweetness he represe...

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American Life in Poetry

Marples Must Go!: Greg Freeman, Dempsey & Windle

Marples Must Go! was the slogan which protesters spray-painted on a motorway bridge near Luton, with reference to the controversial Minister of Transport Ernie Marples, who oversaw the closure of a hu...

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Paul Muldoon on bill at Winchester festival's live weekend

Paul Muldoon will be appearing at Winchester poetry festival’s three-day live event in early October, which marks the culmination of five months of online events, as well as the Poet on the High Stree...

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Events

THROW OPEN THE DOORS! LIVE OPEN-MIC POETRY RETURNS TO VENUES

Live, open-mic poetry is back, in case you hadn’t noticed! All around the country local groups have been returning to venues they haven’t performed at since the first lockdown in March 2020. And new o...

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News

​​​​​​​100 Poems to Save the Earth, eds. Zoë Brigley and Kristian Evans, Seren

The timing for the launch of this anthology could not have been better given the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the COP26 UN climate change conference to be held in G...

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'It takes three days to tow our brokenness across the state'

Jehanne Dubrow’s finely crafted sonnet, her own “simple machine”, reminds us so well of that moment, full of contradictory emotions, when the things we think are “unfailing”, fail us. She reflects on ...

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American Life in Poetry

Cures: Jo Brandon, Valley Press

Jo Brandon has worked as a domestic for the Royal Household, and as a tour guide, as well as an administrator for the Poetry Society and the Poetry School. She is now a freelance poetry editor, libret...

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