Malika Booker to judge £2,000 Women's Poetry Competition

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Malika Booker will be judging the £2,000 Women’s Poetry Competition, for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet. Amy Wack, poetry editor of Seren Books, will be judging the Women’s Pamphlet Competition, with a £250 first prize and publication of the pamphlet by Seren. The deadline for both competitions, which are organised by the Poetry Book Society and Mslexia magazine, is 16 September. More ...

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Poetry that really matters: Ann Gray (part one)

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Some weeks I despair of knowing how, and where to start. First-line nerves kick in, particularly when I worry that I won’t do justice to the guest poet. I’ve felt  it particularly acutely these last few days. So if I seem especially incoherent, bear with me, and we’ll find out together whether justi...

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'Happy Tuesday' by Lisa C Bassignani is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Happy Tuesday’ by Lisa C Bassignani - a lip-smacker of a poem with ingredients that include an “extra-tall margarita”, chips and a “king-size” burrito, as w...

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'Poetry is the shortest way of conveying something really big': JCC on Desert Island Discs

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Veteran punk poet John Cooper Clarke explained how he’d been a fan of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs for 60 years when he appeared on the radio show with presenter Lauren Laverne on Sunday. He adde...

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Simon Armitage aims high with first poem as poet laureate

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Simon Armitage has composed his first poem as poet laureate, two months into the job. The poem, ‘Conquistadors’ – reproduced “exclusively” in the Guardian - marks the 50th anniversary this month of Ap...

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'I must have brought their home inside for fuel, heating my small house'

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This column has often emphasised the importance of poetry that notices what's right under our noses, and this poem by David Mason, the former poet laureate of Colorado, who is currently living in Tasm...

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September: Cherry Doyle, Offa's Press

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Cherry Doyle, who recently completed a BA in creative writing with the Open University, is one of the co-ordinators of Blakenhall Writers’ Group based in Wolverhampton. Born in Shrewsbury, she now liv...

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Review

Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox tonight

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Karen Swaley is the featured poet at Write Out Loud Woking on Thursday 25 July. Sign up from 7.30pm for this open mic poetry event at the Lightbox art gallery and museum in Woking, compered by Greg Fr...

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In praise of poetry anthologies

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I’m constantly reminded that I know a lot less about poetry (and everything else, too) than I’d like. At the same time, I’m wary of the business of keeping up with everyone else who’s busily ‘keeping ...

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LZRD: Alyson Hallet and Penelope Shuttle, Indigo Dreams

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LZRD is a title that is notable for its absence of vowels. The human brain, so used to recognising words, quickly fills in the blanks. In the poem of the same name, Lzrd is described as a “squeezer of...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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It’s Bolton Write Out Loud on Sunday, 21 July at Bolton Socialist Club. Entry is £1 plus raffle to this open-mic poetry event compered by Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola. Arrive from 7.30pm for 8pm start. ...

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'Log In*' by Laura Taylor is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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This week's Poem of the Week is 'Log In*' by Laura Taylor, a wonderful reflection on a life as seen through both the physical memories held and the clever device of internet security. Laura has create...

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'The garden still waiting for whatever might come'

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If you've ever been released at last from a lengthy illness you know that the world can look different, strangely illuminated. Here's a poem about that kind of awakening by Judith Harris, who lives in...

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John Cooper Clarke to appear on Desert Island Discs

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Veteran punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke will be appearing on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday 21 July at 11.15am. The Bard of Salford, who started billing himself as Dr after being awarded an h...

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Here comes summer at Marsden Write Out Loud tonight

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Summer is the optional theme at Marsden Write Out Loud at Marsden library in Peel Street, Marsden on Wednesday 17 July. Share your own poems, read your favourites or just listen - everyone welcome. It...

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Step up to the mic at Sale Write Out Loud's annual slam tonight

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It’s Write Out Loud Sale’s annual summer poetry slam on Tuesday 16 July. Start time is 7.30pm at the Waterside arts centre, Sale, and entry is £3. More details and Map

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Deadline nears for Foyle Young Poets competition

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The 31 July deadline is looming for this year's Foyle Young Poets of the Year award for poets aged 11-17, with this year’s judges Jackie Kay and Raymond Antrobus. This year’s winners will be announced...

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My kind of poetry: six new poems from David Constantine

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Well, I hope my recent post sent you off to buy David Constantine’s Collected Poems, and maybe his prose work, too, and possibly the published lectures. At the very least I hope it got you wanting mor...

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My kind of poetry: David Constantine

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I’m feeling something of a fraud, having recently read the latest spat about the Oxford poetry professorship concerning one Todd Swift. I’ve never heard of him. It reminds me yet again that I know nex...

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Wigan Write Out Loud at the Old Courts tonight

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It’s Wigan Write Out Loud at the Old Courts in Crawford Street, Wigan on Thursday 11 July. Kick-off is at 8pm for this free night of open-mic poetry. Established poets and newcomers are welcomed to a ...

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The Quality of Mersey, edited by Barry Woods

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Knowing your place is all the rage these days; just look at the well-deserved success of the current Places of Poetry map. (And if you haven’t already posted a poem or two up there, make sure you do s...

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Review

The Poem of the Week is 'Now Birds Ravage The Cherries' by Devon Brock

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The Poem of the Week is 'Now Birds Ravage the Cherries' by Devon Brock. Utilising nostalgia and metaphor as a poetic framework for something much deeper, Devon once again shows he can capture a moment...

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Chinese poet Yu Yoyo launches first English-language collection

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A young Chinese poet has published her first book of poetry in English. My Tenantless Body, by Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo, conveys the distinct and often disturbing aspects of female experience in contem...

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Poetry map's 2,000 poems, and still counting ...

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A project aimed at creating a poetry map of England and Wales has seen almost 2,000 poems posted in its first month. The four-month Places of Poetry project, which was launched at the beginning of Jun...

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Interview

Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Stockport Write Out Loud meets on Monday 8 July at Stockport art gallery to share poems. Entry is £1.50 to this open-floor poetry evening. Each month poets’ contributions are used to put together a co...

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The Poem of the Week is 'Ring Around the Poison Ivy' by Mae Foreman

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This weeks Poerm of the Week is 'Ring Around the Poison Ivy' by Mae Foreman. A hypnotic nursery rhyme with a dark heart, like all the best rhymes it juxtaposes bright imagery with a darker, more serio...

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Claudia Rankine to judge €10,000 Moth poetry prize

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The Forward prizewinning poet Claudia Rankine will be judging the €10,000 Moth poetry prize for a single unpublished poem. Four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth magazine, ...

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Competitions

'The shout across the garden to say another flower is about to break'

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The following poem by James Davis May, published in 32 Poems Magazine, has a sentence I'd like to underline, because it states just what I look for in the poems I choose for this column: "We praise th...

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