Pow! New performance poetry night to be launched in London

A new performance poetry night is being launched in south-east London. POW! – Play on Words – will be staged at the Bridge House theatre, Penge, and will be organised and compered by Lee Campbell, who will also be one of the performers. The first night on Sunday 3 October from 7-9.30pm will feature Frog Morris, Spike Zephaniah, and Kate Paul, plus six open-mic slots. Sign-up is on the night, first...

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Free weekend festival of spoken word lined up for Leamington

The second annual Leamington poetry festival returns to the town’s Temperance Café in October with fringe shows, comedy, workshops, open mics, and readings. The weekend of October 23-24 will be a free festival of the spoken word, with no ticket sales or booking required for any of the events.

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'It's all yours, this father you make each day'

The monk’s tonsure is intentional, a shaved bald spot as part of the rituals of sanctification, but here, in his poem, ‘Tonsure’, Young sees this hereditary marker as a complex sign of the things a ma...

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American Life in Poetry

The poetry of Coventry: things that Larkin forgot to mention

The opening verse from a poem by Philip Larkin is inscribed on a plaque at Coventry station. The poem, ‘I Remember, I Remember’, concludes in typically downbeat Larkin fashion: “ ‘Nothing, like someth...

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The Oscillations: Kate Fox, Nine Arches Press

The award-winning poet Kate Fox challengingly engages the reader in the peculiarity of being someone who is a ‘neurodivergent thinker’ in the difficult times of the pandemic. The collection is divided...

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THROW OPEN THE DOORS! LIVE OPEN-MIC POETRY RETURNS TO VENUES

Live, open-mic poetry is back, in case you hadn’t noticed! All around the country local groups have been returning to venues they haven’t performed at since the first lockdown in March 2020. And new o...

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Jenny Mitchell''s 'Map of a Plantation' wins international prize

Jenny Mitchell’s collection Map of a Plantation, about slavery on a Jamaican cane plantation, has won the Welsh poetry competition’s International Poetry Book award. Second was Alchemy by Fiona Perry,...

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'We take on trust the dead are buried and gone'

Dorianne Laux is one of our treasured poets. Her elegant poems grow out of the familiar. 'Urn' is beautifully inventive in the way she connects the moment of uneasy childlike delight in the inexplicab...

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American Life in Poetry

Constructions [Konstrukce]: Joshua Calladine-Jones, tall-lighthouse

This impressive debut pamphlet by Joshua Calladine-Jones features three sections that question the very roots of how we use language and proposes different ways of communication. This might entail mak...

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Katrina Naomi's sea-swimming poem wins £1,000 Keats-Shelley prize

A poem about sea swimming by Katrina Naomi, ‘in the kelp forest’, has won this year’s £1,000 Keats-Shelley poetry prize. Katrina said the winning poem was part of a series “written in response to dail...

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Linda Gregerson and John McAuliffe to judge £2,000 Troubadour competition

Linda Gregerson and John McAuliffe will be judging the £2,000 Troubadour international poetry prize. The deadline is 27 September. More details

 

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Will Harris to judge £1,000 Oxford Brookes poetry competition

Will Harris will be judging the £1,000 Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre’s international poetry competition. The deadline is 20 September. More details

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'Veiled, he's mysterious as a bride'

What haunts this loose sonnet by Carrie Green is loss, anticipated loss, but loss, nonetheless. Yet, what emerges is an elegant “pre-elegy”. A tender anthem to a father and to the sweetness he represe...

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Marples Must Go!: Greg Freeman, Dempsey & Windle

Marples Must Go! was the slogan which protesters spray-painted on a motorway bridge near Luton, with reference to the controversial Minister of Transport Ernie Marples, who oversaw the closure of a hu...

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Paul Muldoon on bill at Winchester festival's live weekend

Paul Muldoon will be appearing at Winchester poetry festival’s three-day live event in early October, which marks the culmination of five months of online events, as well as the Poet on the High Stree...

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​​​​​​​100 Poems to Save the Earth, eds. Zoë Brigley and Kristian Evans, Seren

The timing for the launch of this anthology could not have been better given the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the COP26 UN climate change conference to be held in G...

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'It takes three days to tow our brokenness across the state'

Jehanne Dubrow’s finely crafted sonnet, her own “simple machine”, reminds us so well of that moment, full of contradictory emotions, when the things we think are “unfailing”, fail us. She reflects on ...

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Cures: Jo Brandon, Valley Press

Jo Brandon has worked as a domestic for the Royal Household, and as a tour guide, as well as an administrator for the Poetry Society and the Poetry School. She is now a freelance poetry editor, libret...

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