The Dark Interval: Rainer Maria Rilke, Random House

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What The Dark Interval first highlights is that the life of a poet is often interspersed with letters and other forms of correspondence which, taken as a complement to their poems, helps us to make sense of their temperament and world-view.  Similar to what Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet accomplishes, this volume – here collected and published for the first time – brings a different perspective a...

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Review

'Love Garden' by Lynn Hahn is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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This week's Poem of the Week is the wonderful Love Garden by Lynn Hahn. "Thanks for selecting my poem, it means so much to me" said a delighted Lynn when we contacted her to offer our congratulations.  Here are the answers she gave us to a few questions we had for her about her work as a poet:

Wh...

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Poem of the week

‘The Black Heart’ by Anya is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Black Heart’ by Anya. It’s the second time she has had her work chosen for this – quite an achievement for a poet who’s writing in their second language...

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Poem of the week

The Roots of African American Poetry

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African American Poetry 1760 - 1900

There are many avenues to travel down in search of poetry. The War Poets of both world wars produced some of the most profound poems which were borne out of terr...

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African American Poetry

Leontia Flynn at The Winchester Poetry Festival

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Winchester celebrates National Poetry Day and the launch of the third Winchester Poetry Festival with a specially commissioned poem by the award-winning Irish writer Leontia Flynn (pictured).  Artisti...

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Poetry Festivals

Edinburgh Fringe Reviews: Porky the Poet and Stand Up & Slam

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As the world’s largest arts festival rumbles and ricochets onwards and upwards through to the end of August, there’s still time to visit Scotland’s capital and take in a few cheeky shows.  Some are ch...

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Editor's Review

Write Out Loud meets Tristram Fane Saunders

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I first met Tristram Fane Saunders at a poetry gig in Cambridge and always thought he seemed pretty cool. When he was named a winner in the 2017/18 New Poets Prize, judged by Kayo Chingonyi, it seemed...

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Interviews

Omphalos 3: Being Home

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In the final part of a series of articles exploring the idea of omphalos, or the origin of the poet’s imagination, I asked poet and academic Gail Ashton (author of Ghost Songs and The Other Side of Gl...

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Poetry Reflections

€10,000 Moth Poetry Prize is Open For Business

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The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most prestigious – and lucrative – awards in the world for a single unpublished poem, with an overall prize of €10,000, and three runner-up prizes of €1,000.  The p...

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Poetry Competitions

Apple Water/Povel Panni: Raine Geoghegan, Hedgehog Poetry Press

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Raine Geoghegan was born in the Welsh valleys, and is half Romany with Welsh and Irish ancestry. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Chichester and now lives in West Sussex.

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Review

Sabotage Reviews Looking For a New Director

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Claire Trevien will be stepping down as Managing Director at Sabotage Reviews, eight years after she originally founded it as a blog, one that has now grown into the biggest review website for indie l...

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Poetry News

Edinburgh Fringe Reviews: Jess Green and Rowan McCabe

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As you may be aware the Edinburgh Fringe is well under way. Every August the entire city is taken over by comedians, thespians, promoters, poets, musicians and all manner of downright weirdos in what ...

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Editor's Review

Spotlight on Open Mic: Catweazle and Find the Right Words

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What made you think you should set up a performance night?

Catweazle: When we started, there was nothing here [in Oxford].  Catweazle is an unplugged performance space for music, poetry, spoken wo...

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Open Mic Spotlight

New Astronomy Magazine Looking For Submissions

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Submissions are open for a new poetry magazine exploring our relationship to the night sky

“Until the Stars Burn Out” is a new online poetry magazine, edited by writer and astronomer Maya Horton. I...

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Writing Opportunities

Jazzman John Clarke, Beat poet

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A legendary and much-loved name on the London poetry scene and beyond, John Robert Clarke – aka Jazzman John Clarke – has died. Styling himself as a Beat poet in the tradition of Ginsberg and Kerouac,...

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Obituary

Housework: Susan Birchenough, KFS

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This is a relatively short book – only 20 poems and a total of 30 pages – but it’s perfectly put together in a larger than standard format because of the nature of some of the poems. Susan Birchenough...

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Review

'Sex' by Hallielle Rose Dawson is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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‘Sex’ by Hallielle Rose Dawson is the new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. In her answers to our questions Hallielle, who is a paramedic, said that she started writing poetry seriously about three ye...

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Poem of the week

Spotlight on Open Mic: Taking The Mic

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Tim King talks to Write Out Loud about ‘Taking the Mic’

How long has the 'Taking the Mic' night been running?
The event was started in 2008 by Liv Torc (who many of your members will know from the...

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Open Mic Spotlight

Brace Yourselves. This is Holy Shit from ZatarS

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Fancy something, let's say, a little different, in your portfolio of poetry experience?

I offer you: Holy Shit. A three and a half hour computer voice programme poem by the artist ZatarS

"You co...

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Editor's Interviews

Countries of the Mind

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Following my recent article on WOL about the idea of omphalos, I spoke with award-winning poet Yvonne Reddick (pictured) and asked for her thoughts on this. Her poetry pamphlet, Translating Mountains,...

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Poetry Reflections

Ready To Do EdFringe Without a Single Ticket?

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The Edinburgh Festival is the largest Arts festival in the world by far. With an almost overwhelming array of shows and entertainment on offer, stretching across every conceivable genre of performance...

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Edinburgh Fringe

The Warmth and Wonderful Poetics of Mary Jean Chan

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Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong who currently lives in London. I first met her through the Ledbury Poetry Festival Emerging Critic Scheme established in collaboration with...

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Poet Profiles

'Edward Lear rewrites The Flea by John Donne' by Marnanel Thurman is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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Congratulations to Marnanel Thurman, whose poem 'Edward Lear rewrites "The Flea" by John Donne' is our Write Out Loud Poem of the Week. Here are the responses to our Q&A 

 

How long have you bee...

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Poem of the week

Fault Lines: Laura Taylor, Flapjack

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When I was young I played a video game featuring a character with a giant mace, who whirled through the battlefield dealing blows left and right, flames spitting out of the end of the weapon, lighting...

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Review

What Price Poetry?

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Following an article on Write Out Loud from our Contributing Editor Patrick Wright discussing the merits of poetry competitions (A Gamble Worth Taking), a recent debate on social media sparked some co...

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Poetry Competitions

Have You Been to Bartleby Lately?

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Looking for literary inspiration?  Perhaps you’re after a particular quotation or just a reminder of exactly who it was that wrote such and such a poem, novel or work of reference?  Bartleby is one of...

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Poetry Resources

Awesome Event Planning: A Recipe For Success!

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Glancing around the room, it was a relief to see that most of the carefully arranged chairs were now being occupied, open mic slots had been filled and all headliners were here and ready to go. Now we...

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Poetry Events

Editor's Interview: Can Luke Wright Represent The Entire Nation?

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As many of you will know, over the past two decades Luke Wright has toured the world with his poetry, won awards, published books and regularly performs alongside the likes of John Cooper Clarke.  Suc...

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Editor's Interviews

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