Let battle commence: Wendy Klein, Dempsey & Windle

Wendy Klein was born in the United States but has lived in England for many years. Her great-grandfather fought in the American Civil War, and was a slave-owner “whose beliefs could not have been more different from my own”, she says at the outset, in her introduction to her short collection of poems based on his wartime letters home.

I would say at a guess – or at least, speaking personally - ...

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Michael Lavers wins £5,000 Bridport poetry prize

Michael Lavers has won the £5,000 Bridport poetry prize with his poem ‘Low Tide’, it was announced on Thursday evening. He is the author of After Earth, published by the University of Tampa Press. His poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, 32 Poems, The Hudson Review, Best New Poets 2015, TriQuarterly, ...

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Poetry from the allotments to give you a glow ... Steve Pottinger, Emma Purshouse, and Dave Pitt

If you’re looking for something to cheer you up in these dispiriting times of Covid phase two, look no further … I stumbled across this on social media the other day, a wonderful film-poem by the mast...

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'He was down to nothing, a gypsy’s fare'

BJ Omanson was raised near the Spoon River in Illinois, site of Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology, and he has compiled a fine book of poems in Masters’ tradition called Stark County Poems, publ...

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American Life in Poetry

Caroline Bird's 'The Air Year' wins £10,000 Forward prize for best collection at online ceremony

Caroline Bird has won the £10,000 Forward prize for best collection with The Air Year, it was announced on Sunday at a special online ceremony. After receiving the award, she thanked her Carcanet publ...

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'I will be happy if the whole world knows': Nigerian poet protests at Lagos killings in poem on Write Out Loud

A young Nigerian poet has used Write Out Loud as a platform to draw attention to protests in his country that are believed to have claimed the lives of at least 12 people, and brought condemnation fro...

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Margaret Atwood returns to poetry with first collection in more than 10 years

The bestselling and award-winning Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood – author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, and Alias Grace among many others - publishes her first book of poetry for over a decade...

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The Wednesbury Mangle Theory: Marion Cockin, Offa's Press

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first recorded use of the word ‘mangle’ in English dates from 1598 when John Florio, in his dictionary A World of Words described it as “a kind of press...

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Tony Walsh, London, 2015

One of spoken word’s leading ambassadors and heroes, Tony Walsh, came down south from the north-west on Thursday night to tread the boards of a former Victorian music hall in London.

Walsh was topp...

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'A man trying to extricate himself, afraid to open his eyes'

Often, for me, it’s a single image that really makes a poem, and in this poem by Jeff Worley, from his chapbook Lucky Talk, published by Broadstone Books, it’s “a man conducting an orchestra/ of bees....

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The Blunted Axe: David Greygoose, Dreich

Followers of David Greygoose will know him from the medieval folk tales in his novel Brunt Boggart. As David Ward he has been the power behind the Liverpool Windows Project, supporting poetry in the c...

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Resilience is the theme for Freedom From Torture poetry competition

The Freedom From Torture organisation that supports torture survivors is staging a poetry competition with the theme of Reslience in advance of its three-day literary festival next month. The deadline...

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Competitions

Ten contenders on TS Eliot prize shortlist are revealed

The 2020 TS Eliot prize shortlist has been announced by judges Lavinia Greenlaw, Mona Arshi and Andrew McMillan, chosen from 153 poetry collections submitted by British and Irish publishers. The list ...

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Linton Kwesi Johnson shares PEN Printer prize with missing Eritrean poet detained since 2001

An Eritrean poet, Amanuel Asrat, who was arrested in 2001 when editor-in-chief of the leading Eritrean newspaper Zemen, and has been held incommunicado since, has been named International Writer of Co...

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How we brought more readers to poetry - Neil Astley on Bloodaxe’s Staying Alive series, and the new anthology

On National Poetry Day, Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley launched Staying Human, the fourth in his hugely popular series of world poetry anthologies that began in 2002 with Staying Alive (sub-title: ‘real ...

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Interview

'My love, I am pledging to this republic, for however long we stand'

Jehanne Dubrow is the wife of a recently retired naval officer and has written very moving poems about their life. This fine love poem is from an as-yet unpublished manuscript. She lives in Texas and ...

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Simon Armitage and Jade Cuttle to judge £5,000 Gingko eco-poetry prize

The £5,000 Gingko prize for eco-poetry, in association with the Poetry School, will be judged this year by the poet laureate Simon Armitage, and Jade Cuttle. This year there is also a separate £500 pr...

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Last day for posting poems on Places of Poetry map as anthology is published

Last year’s popular Places of Poetry project, in which poets were able to post their poems on a map of England and Wales, is being revived for a few days from the start of October.

In 2019 poets we...

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'Going off like some lavish parade into the great overcrowded silence'

Edwin Muir’s poem 'The Horses' published many years ago, envisioned a future in which the work horse would return, and with them we’d have a new beginning. Today, some of our fellow creatures aren’t t...

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Platinum Blonde: Phoebe Stuckes, Bloodaxe

Phoebe Stuckes is an award-winning poet, four times winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year award, former Barbican Young Poet and Ledbury poetry festival’s young poet in residence in 2015. She als...

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Poetry by Heart launches seventh national recitation competition for pupils

The Poetry by Heart organisation has launched its 2021 national poetry recitation competition for pupils. The competition is free to enter. Students aged 7-18 (key stages 2, 3, 4 and 5) choose a poem ...

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Louise Glück awarded Nobel literature prize for 'austere beauty' of 'unmistakeable poetic voice'

The American poet Louise Glück has been awarded the 2020 Nobel prize in literature for her “unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”.

Glück, who is w...

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Write Out Loud Poetry Jam, Marsden, 2016

The annual Write Out Loud poetry jam at Marsden? That’s just another open mic, isn’t it? Well, no, actually. This is the fifth consecutive year I’ve attended the yearly shindig on the Sunday morning o...

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Happy to be alive, grateful to the NHS: recovering Michael Rosen talks about Covid

The poet and author Michael Rosen, who spent 47 days in intensive care earlier this year after contracting Covid-19, and came close to death, has talked about his rehabilitation, and about how it has ...

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Herd Queen: Di Slaney, Valley Press

Poet, publisher and animal sanctuary founder Di Slaney has an MA in creative writing from Nottingham Trent University and owns Candlestick Press. Her debut pamphlet, Dad’s Slideshow, was published by ...

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Dr John Cooper Clarke to launch 'I Wanna Be Yours' autobiography

The Bard of Salford, Dr John Cooper Clarke, will be launching his memoir I Wanna Be Yours, published by Picador, on 15 October with a live online event at Vout-O-Reenee's in London. He will be joined ...

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Write Out Loud's Beyond the Storm anthology plays its part in a different kind of National Poetry Day

Write Out Loud played its part during National Poetry Day, with BBC Radio Leeds broadcasting a 'montage' of selected poems from our Beyond the Storm anthology of poems about the Covid era during the d...

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Pascale Petit's 'Mama Amazonica' wins inaugural £5,000 Laurel prize

Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica has won the inaugural eco-poetry Laurel prize, which was inaugurated by the poet laureate Simon Armitage. The announcement was made at an onlin...

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Dr John Cooper Clarke to launch 'I Wanna Be Yours' autobiography

The Bard of Salford, Dr John Cooper Clarke, will be launching his memoir I Wanna Be Yours, published by Pan Macmillan, on 15 October with a live online event at Vout-O-Reenee's in London. He will be j...

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Ireland's Derek Mahon, whose poem caught pandemic mood, dies aged 78

One of Ireland’s leading poets, Derek Mahon, whose poem ‘Everything Is Going to be All Right’ is said to have captured the national mood during the pandemic, has died at the age of 78, the Irish Times...

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