American Life in Poetry - Wild Creatures

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I love accounts of people meeting up with wild creatures, as in Elizabeth Bishop's great poem, "The Moose," and here's another such encounter from Sonja Johanson, who is from Maine.  Johanson's most recent chapbook is Trees in Our Dooryards from Redbird Chapbooks.
 

Three Deer in Oquossoc
 
East will take me back. I drive
west. I wend between snowbanks,
until the road delivers me
to a sle...

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American Life in Poetry

‘Glenbrittle - the loch’ by Alan Travis Braddock is our Poem of the Week

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Alan Travis Braddock has only started posting his work on Write Out Loud very recently – Glenbrittle - the loch is the second poem he's shared with us – but he's been writing for much longer, as his responses to our Q&A make clear. His beautifully crafted poem is a worthy winner of our Poem of the W...

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Poem of the week

Bella: Nellie Cole, Offa's Press

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The use of pause breaks instead of punctuation was the first thing that struck me about this debut collection from West Midlands poetry workshop leader and mentor, Nellie Cole. That may sound strange ...

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Review

A History of Gay Poetry, 1: A Bare Canvas

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The history of gay poetry lives in obscurity as it has only been in recent times and notably in the western world where it has emerged from dark isolation and condemnation. It would be impossible for ...

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Out of the Ashes: Frieda Hughes, Bloodaxe

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In her extensive and valuable foreword to Out of the Ashes, which brings together work from four previous collections, Frieda Hughes explains that the importance of her parents’ poetry only dawned on ...

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Review

2019 Words Weekend Announced for the North-East

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Leading spoken word event producers Fane Productions today announce plans for WORDS WEEKEND, a series of festivals the first of which will take place at Sage Gateshead on 25 – 27 October 2019. Words W...

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Poetry Festivals

American Life in Poetry: The Appearance of Modernism

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Until about a hundred years ago, the worth of a poem was measured by how noble and elevated was its subject and its manner of delivery, but with the appearance of modernism all hell broke loose and su...

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American Life in Poetry

Wilfred Owen and the Poetry of Trauma

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Poets are often blessed and cursed with taking up a position at odds with public opinion. In and through their writing, they are often able to articulate sentiments that, otherwise, remain censored. T...

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War Poets

Poetry & The Great War, a series: 6 Victory?

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¨One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing, that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one ¨.

On the 11 th day of the 11th month in the Year of Our Lord 1918 the Great W...

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War Poets

None Of My Business: Jade Cuttle talks to Jo Burns

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I reviewed Jo Burns' pamphlet, Circling for Gods, for Magma and found it so fascinating that I simply had to learn more. Born in Northern Ireland in 1976, Jo Burns won the McClure Poetry Prize at the ...

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Poet Profiles

SPOTLIGHT: Poets Out Loud in Cockermouth

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‘Poets Out Loud’ has been running in Cockermouth since September 2017.  I spoke to Annie Kendall about how the night got started, and continues to grow. 

EP:-        So, what made you think you sho...

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Open Mic Spotlight

All That Jazz and Other Poems: Adrian Green, The Littoral Press

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The first poem in the first poetry book I bought, way back in the early 1970s, consisted of two lines: “He breathed in air, he breathed out light./Charlie Parker was my delight.” The poet was Adrian M...

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Review

Write Out Loud Welcomes Thea Ayres to the Team!

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WriteOutLoud is delighted to welcome Thea Ayres to the editorial team!  Thea has already got stuck right into the task of representing WriteOutLoud across our social media presence, currently on Twitt...

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Write Out Loud Team News

Devoid of Meaning and Dangerously Immoral

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I have a deeply dark confession… I’m a poet, but I don’t read poetry. Furthermore unless they have videos on Youtube I probably haven’t heard of your favourite poets.

I mentioned in a previous post...

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Becoming a Poet

Cut off Your Telephone, WH Auden in Theatres

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The Habit of Art  by Alan Bennett     **** (Four stars)

The Original Theatre Company. Belgrade Theatre Coventry

 

These days it is somewhat rare to find the world of poetry represented in mai...

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Editor's Review

Collected Poems: Ken Smith, Bloodaxe

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How does one sum up the collected works of a writer when the book weighs in at a massive 630-odd pages of richly various poetry, in a way that truly does the man justice? From his first collection, Ke...

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Review

Re-introducing Poetry in Higher Education

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My earliest memory of creative writing is that it was a punishment for forgetting my P.E. kit. As I watched the other children playing outside on the field, I was perplexed at how the task I had been ...

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Poetry in Education

Mappa Mundi Poetica

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Wolverhampton poetry collective 'Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists' have always been passionate about the West Midlands and inspired by the energy, drive,  and imagination of the people who live t...

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Poetry Regions

All That Jazz and Other Poems: Adrian Green, Littoral Press

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The first poem in the first poetry book I bought, way back in the early 1970s, consisted of two lines: “He breathed in air, he breathed out light./Charlie Parker was my delight.” The poet was Adrian M...

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Review

The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Words’ by Jon Stainsby

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This Monday sees poet Jon Stainsby chosen for the second time, with his piece Words awarded Poem of the Week. Our congratulations to Jon, who is another of our contributors living outside the UK, and ...

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Poem of the week

Poetry & The Great War, a series: 5 Harsh Realities

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As the conflict progressed it became a war of attrition, a war of little or no movement. It degenerated into a living hell for all concerned whether they be ally or enemy as no one was exempt the perp...

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War Poets

The Joy of Writing - Polish Poetry Festival

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I left this festival with an overwhelming sense - a reminder for me - of the joy of writing. Which is handy really, that being the festival title. In Polish it’s Radosc Pisania, the title taken from W...

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Poetry Festivals

Enter Your Work in the Write Out Loud "WoLF" Poetry Competition!

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Write Out Loud is proud to announce that we have once again been chosen to organise the Wolverhampton Literature Festival (WoLF) poetry competition, and build upon the success of last year.  The compe...

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Poetry Competitions

Free to Enter Life-Writing Prize from Spread The Word

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The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize run in association with Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing a...

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Poetry Competitions

New anthology inspired by outsiders to help Shelter, Crisis Aid

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Poetry publisher Isabelle Kenyon has launched a new anthology, Persona Non Grata, which is aimed at raising funds for Shelter and Crisis Aid UK. She said: “The book was inspired by the theme of societ...

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News

American Life in Poetry: Here and There

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Do others of you think about what you'll miss when you leave this life? For me it will be the great skies over my part of the world. Here's Emily Grosholz's take on this, from her new book The Stars o...

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American Life in Poetry

Don't Oil The Hinges: Heather Wastie, Black Pear Press

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It’s not a question of sitting around, waiting for the muse to turn up. As a local poet laureate you have to get on with the job, look for inspiration in all sorts of places. That’s one of the message...

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Review

The House of Ghosts and Mirrors: Oz Hardwick, Valley Press

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This collection is haunted by 50 years of the poet’s psychic and physical life. It starts at the end of life, and finishes with his birth, when he screamed “a slapped baby scream / that clawed my thro...

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Review

Album Release From Unusual Contemporary Poetry and Piano Duo

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On Friday November 9th 2018, Testing the Delicates will be released worldwide on digital platforms, the first album by Fall in Green, an unusual music act of contemporary poetry combined with classica...

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Poetry and Music

Festivals: The Mild Irritation Behind the Joy

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As readers of these pages may have observed, this summer I have kept myself very busy visiting, and writing about, quite a few poetry and literature festivals all over the UK.  From the humble StoneFe...

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EditorialPoetry Festivals

The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The Dogs of Athens’ by John Short

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This week, the poem The Dogs of Athens looks back to the time John Short spent living in that city, and brings it beautifully to life. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did. Our thanks to Joh...

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Poem of the week

Poetry & The Great War, a series: 4 The Home Front

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The absence of great numbers of men resulted in changes on the Home Front where they were replaced by women in many of the essential industries. At the height of the war one million women worked in mu...

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War Poets

Notes from a Poetry Crowd Surfer

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I had started looking into the idea of reading my poetry, however there were seemingly a few obstacles in my way.  The first being my self-confidence and speech impairment, the second being I didn’t t...

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Open Mic Experiences

Knowing and Unknowing Performance with Nick Makoha

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If you have attended any poetry festivals or events this summer there is a good chance you may already have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Nick Makoha.  Much of his poetry paints pictures of p...

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Editor's Interviews

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