How I learned to love the kyrielle, the kimo, the ovi, and the bop

Heather Moulson is a popular and entertaining open-mic poetry performer. However, she is still a relative newcomer to poetry – and always keen to learn more. Here she attends a course and experiments with a number of lesser-known forms, such the kyrielle, the kimo, the ovi, the bop, and the more familiar ghazal. Read how she got on:

 

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My kind of poet: the seriously funny Wendy Cope

I owe an enormous debt to Wendy Cope because she rekindled my interest in poetry without ever realising it. Our paths crossed in 1984 when she handed over to me as reviews editor of Contact, the weekly newspaper for schools staff published by the Inner London Education Authority.

At the time, Wen...

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Wordsworth? Just ‘a stuck-up old poot’, according to those in the know

I never really got on with Wordsworth. From the start of our relationship, I found him preachy and prosy, telling me how I ought to feel and saying what things meant rather than describing them. He sa...

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As anniversary nears, do Daffodils fans wander lonely these days?

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Wordsworth – and a host of events are planned to mark it, including talks, poetry readings, and even a family reunion when descendants of ...

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Magazine pours bucket of 'literary criticism' over award-winning Hollie McNish

Performance poetry/spoken word versus page poetry? Isn’t it a debate that has been put to bed, particularly with performers Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish winning the Ted Hughes award for innovation i...

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John Ashbery: an appreciation

It’s been a hard couple of years for me. Many of my poetic signposts have died recently and sometimes it’s hard not to feel a little lost now. Lee Harwood, Tom Raworth, Roy Fisher – and now John Ashbe...

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'My mother found herself as a working single parent in 1960s London'

Jacqueline Saphra launched her new collection of poems, All My Mad Mothers - described as an “unreliable memoir” - on Wednesday night in London. In this blog for Write Out Loud, she talks about her mo...

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A county's poet laureate talks about the challenges and opportunites of the job

Isabel Rogers was this week appointed Hampshire Poet for 2016. But what does it mean to be a local poetry figurehead? Here are the thoughts of Staffordshire’s current poet laureate, Bert Flitcroft:

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Scotland's 'makars' thrive among differing tongues

Scotland’s poetry scene is thriving, in a country that is justifiably proud of its heritage and well-known for its achievements in the arts. It’s also a country of several historic and contemporary la...

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Poetry in a time of data: protecting acorns, adders, catkins and herons from language loss

We have a sixth layer of consciousness to assimilate all the “data” we receive from the five senses. In order to differentiate a strawberry from the white, china bowl on which it sits, or the table th...

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'Poetry suddenly could be fun ... it was all very Liverpool'

Brian Patten is returning to the north-west next month, with an appearance at Bolton’s Live from Worktown festival. Patten is one of the Liverpool Poets, who with Adrian Henri and Roger McGough made p...

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Shard, daffodil, palimpsest: should some words be banned in poetry?

A list of words which should not be included in poems, or used only with caution, was apparently put together some years ago by a group of UK poets. (Acknowledgement for this list to The Far Near Blog...

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He wrote in the trenches, and died in 1918. But Isaac Rosenberg did not see himself as a war poet

Frances Spurrier writes about Isaac Rosenberg, a poet who was killed in the first world war. Some of his best-known poems deserve their place alongside those of Owen and Sassoon. Rosenberg died on pat...

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Poetry magazines and the creative writing boom: are editors being swamped with poems?

The other day I got a nicely worded rejection of some poems I'd submitted to a magazine. Nothing unusual in that.

The refusal said that “we have had hundreds of submissions and have had to leave ou...

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'Poetry can't exist without rhythm. Don't be academically bullied into dropping rhymes'

Earlier this year Write Out Loud’s founder, Julian Jordon, saw a poetry performance by Cynthia Buell Thomas and was moved to write: “Everything about it was absolutely top quality … a lesson in how...

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From Chickentown to McCain chips: but does Cooper Clarke's new ad put you off your tea?

So there I was, smiling and giggling though a collection of humorous verse while waiting for a TV programme when I heard the incomparable drawling drone of the Bard of Salford. I was not mistaken. ...

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'This is a time for poets to speak up for the powerless'

In the wake of chancellor George Osborne's latest spending cuts, radical poet and editor Alan Morrison surveys the rising tide of protest poetry, and calls on all “politically-conscious” poets to c...

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