Visions of Blake: tigers on loose and burning bright beside the sea at Bognor

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The visionary poet and painter William Blake only lived in the Sussex village of Felpham for a couple of years - just enough time to begin writing Jerusalem and to be cleared at Chichester assizes of assaulting a solider and uttering seditious expressions against the king. But it was quite long enough for the arts community of nearby Bognor Regis to commemorate him in the 21st century with a festi...

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Review

Two pamphlets: Victoria Gatehouse and John-Paul Burns

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I read this on Julie Mellor’s poetry blog last week: “I aim to post something once a week on my blog but last weekend I skipped it. Maybe I didn't have anything to say. Maybe I didn't have the energy or drive to write it. Anyway, I thought I'd better get on with it today before another weekend slipp...

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National Poetry Library suspends new membership scheme after protests

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The National Poetry Library at London’s Southbank Centre has suspended the introduction of a membership scheme it had said was needed to raise funds, after an outcry from poets. The about-turn came on...

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'Those tokens I harvested from her deathbed are more like the pearl'

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All of us know people who wouldn't wear an article of clothing that had ever before been touched, let alone worn, by somebody else, and others who could care less. As I write this column I'm wearing a...

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American Life in Poetry

Poetry Translation Centre launches Sarah Maguire prize

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The Poetry Translation Centre has launched the Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation to recognise and encourage quality translation of poetry into English. Sarah Maguire founded the PTC in 200...

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Competitions

Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox tonight

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Tom McColl is the featured poet at Write Out Loud Woking at the Lightbox gallery in Woking on Thursday 26 September. Sign up from 7.30pm for the open-mic. It all kicks off at 8pm, hosted by Greg Freem...

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Events

Award-winning poet Ocean Vuong wins $625,000 'genius grant'

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The poet Ocean Vuong, who came to the US with his family aged two as a refugee from Vietnam, has been awarded a grant of $625,000 (£504,000) by the MacArthur Foundation.

Vuong, who won the TS Eliot...

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Simon Armitage's 'Fugitives' poem celebrates access to countryside

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The poet laureate Simon Armitage has written a poem called ‘Fugitives’ in a commission by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Nati...

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Poet, translator and biographer Elaine Feinstein dies aged 88

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The poet, biographer and translator Elaine Feinstein has died at the age of 88. Her publisher Carcanet said: “She was one of Carcanet's dearest and oldest friends, and she will be deeply missed.”

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Blakefest in Bognor celebrates William Blake with music and poetry

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Poets Andy Brown, Raine Geoghegan, Alan Morrison, Mandy Pannett, James Simpson, and Barry Smith will be taking part with musicians and folk singers in Blakefest, a one-day festival at Bognor Regis in ...

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Events

Poets add their voices to protests on Climate Strike day

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There was poetry taking place all over the world today, at demonstrations involving people  – and young people in particular - striking today (Friday 20 September) to draw attention to the climate cri...

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A Map Towards Fluency: Lisa Kelly, Carcanet

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Walter Benjamin said that “Work on a good piece of writing proceeds on three levels: a musical one, where it is composed; an architectural one, where it is constructed; and a textile one, where it is ...

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Review

Write Out Loud at Marsden library tonight

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The optional theme is Home at Marsden Write Out Loud on Wednesday 18 September at Marsden library, Peel Street, Marsden. Share your own poems, read your favourites or just listen. Everyone is welcome ...

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Poet Musa Okwonga hits out at fellow old Etonians Cameron and Johnson

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A poet and old Etonian has hit out at attitudes among politicians who attended his alma mater. Writing in the Guardian, Musa Okwonga said: “Eton is proud of its political leaders. This can be seen fro...

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'Things always dwindling to just the two of us, a crumpled cigarette, a distant car'

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Although this poem by Patrick Phillips, from American Poetry Review, is dedicated to a person we don't know, 'For Paul' conveys feelings we've all experienced. We don't need to know who "Paul" is. The...

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American Life in Poetry

Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside tonight

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North-west publisher Paul Neads of Flapjack Press will be the guest host at Write Out Loud Sale at the Waterside arts centre, Sale, on Tuesday 17 September. Guest poets are Melanie Rees and Sarra Cull...

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Events

Exhibition celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti at National Poetry Library

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An exhibition celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the American Beat poet, publisher, painter and activist who turned 100 earlier this year, is being staged at the National Poetry Library at London’s So...

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'He tapped once at the ash, which began to drift into that moment already behind us'

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If at times your world seems flat and uninteresting, I recommend making a cardboard viewfinder with a postage-stamp sized window. Then look at what's around you through that. I think you'll be pleased...

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American Life in Poetry

A loss you can't imagine: young men and suicide

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1992. Only a few weeks after his twenty-first birthday, our son David died in a fall from the top floor of a high-rise block of flats behind the Merrion Centre in Leeds. I see it from the motorway eve...

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Write Out Loud at Bolton Socialist Club tonight

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It’s Bolton Write Out Loud on Sunday 15 September at Bolton Socialist Club. Entry is £1 plus raffle to this open-mic poetry night, compered by Jeffarama! and Gordon Zola. Arrive from 7.30pm for 8pm st...

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Events

The joy of poetry: first love of sex manual's author

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I’d bought my second-hand copy of Penguin’s Poetry of the Forties anthology several years before, probably in Hay-on-Wye, but had never got round to properly reading it. This year, faced with a trip i...

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Reputations

Write Out Loud's Poetry Jam celebrates its 10th anniversary at Marsden jazz festival

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Write Out Loud’s annual open-mic Poetry Jam at Marsden jazz festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at the festival next month, at a new venue. This year, on Sunday morning 13 October poets ...

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Humanagerie: ed. by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley, Eibonvale

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The borderland between humans and animals has been a source of fascination for writers down the ages. Think of Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, the lycanthropy of Ferdinand in Webster’s The Duchess of Mal...

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Review

Break-out poetry at Wigan Write Out Loud at the Old Courts tonight

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Corralling poets? Don’t feel penned in by the location … but has any open-mic venue a more arresting venue? Wigan Write Out Loud at the Old Courts arts centre on Thursday 12 September is in The Holdin...

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Events

Pamphlets, collections, and a polished gem: Christy Ducker

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Every time I go to an open mic or a poetry reading, like as not I’ll come home with at least one (or more) pamphlets (or chapbooks … more of that later). More likely than to come home with a new colle...

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Tony Walsh poem with Chris Riddell illustrations helps launch YouTube competition

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A moving and inspirational poem by leading spoken word poet Tony Walsh, ‘Take This Pen’, with wonderful illustrations by artist Chris Riddell, is helping to promote a new YouTube competition to mark N...

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Competitions

Write Out Loud at Stockport art gallery tonight

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Stockport Write Out Loud meets at Stockport art gallery on Monday 9 September to share poems. Each month a collage poem is produced from contribution on the night, and you can read August’s here. Entr...

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Events

Luke Wright, Louise Fazackerley and Kirsty Taylor kick off spoken word label's tour

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Luke Wright, Louise Fazackerley and Kirsty Taylor will be performing at The Edge in Manchester on Friday 20 September and kicking off a nationwide tour organised by Leeds-based spoken word record labe...

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Events

Bunty, I Miss You!: Heather Moulson, Dempsey & Windle

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Heather Moulson is a spoken word poet like no other. Her poems of adolescent reminiscences catalogue the slights and affronts she received as a teenager, her reality behind the romantic tales of the g...

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Review

'The rapid clatter giving place to the slow click'

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We reprint poems by living Americans, about American life, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the many beautiful and moving poems written by American poets no longer with us. Robert Francis ...

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American Life in Poetry

Reading to raise funds to restore Hugh MacDiarmid's Brownsbank home

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A poetry reading to raise funds to help restore Brownsbank, the home of Hugh MacDiarmid, will take place at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh on 11 September.  

MacDiarmid has been described...

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News

Bridges and troubled waters: Graínne Tobin (1)

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I’ve reached a point where I can hardly bear to listen to or watch news programmes, when politicians lie effortlessly and without shame, and when total strangers spew bile at each other on what we cal...

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The past, and other countries: Gráinne Tobin (2)

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It’s been hard to concentrate, these last few days. It’s hard to think about poetry when you’re consumed with rage and frustration in a world where truth is an endangered species, and the management o...

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Poets from Marsden and Batley meet on the bench today

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Poets from Marsden and Batley will be reading together on Sunday 1 September outside Marsden Mechanics Hall in Marsden. The al fresco verse is part of a project organised by West Yorkshire’s Kirklees ...

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