Poetry

From my Poetry Bookshelf – Kevin Powers – Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

The next recommendation from my poetry bookshelf is Kevin Powers’ Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting. I used to be a member of the Poetry Book Society, (established by TS Eliot in 1953), who for an annual fee will send out their recommended books every few months. It’s a nice way to discover books that you wouldn’t otherwise read, and I may well rejoin at some point. Obviously there will be books you…

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Words for the Wild

I have a previously unpublished poem on the Words for the Wild Website. It’s a poem about running, ornithology and growing old. You can read it here, and also see some of my photographs taken on pre-marathon training runs. Clearly as I took lots of photographs it was pretty slow running – I wasn’t exactly a fast runner – indeed, when I completed the London Marathon I was overtaken by two blokes dressed as a…

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David Jones on the BBC

A quick post today to mention the BBC 4 documentary on David Jones’ In Parenthesis, which I watched last night (it’s still available on the BBC’s website and on catch-up if you have it). I thought it was excellent. Follow the link below to watch it on the BBC website. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07kt9pj Regular readers of my blog (all three of you!) will know that In Parenthesis was one of the first books I referenced in my…

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From my Poetry Bookshelf – John Agard – Alternative Anthem

Happy World Poetry Day! A good day to ask whether poetry is still relevant, whether it can actually achieve anything apart from providing an outlet for creative expression. In these current times of misinformation and misdirection, where here in the UK, as elsewhere, the government is becoming increasingly authoritarian, what can poetry do? A good day for this poem by John Agard. Flag What’s that fluttering in a breeze?It’s just a piece of cloththat brings…

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Seamus Heaney

Happy St Patrick’s Day! I thought I’d use it as an excuse to share this video of Seamus Heaney reading and discussing some of his poems; I’ll write in more detail about one or more of Heaney’s books another time (you won’t be surprised to know that I have several of them on my poetry bookshelf). I was lucky enough to see him reading from one of his later collections at an event at the…

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From my Poetry Bookshelf – Saughton Sonnets Anthology

I received this book as a birthday present earlier this year. It’s an anthology of poems written by residents of HMP Edinburgh (Saughton) during lockdown amongst the COVID 19 Pandemic. The book came out of a project by First Time Inside, who give support to those who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, life within the justice system in Scotland, particularly those going to prison for the first time. Ostensibly set up as a poetry…

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A World Still Ours

From the Guardian this morning… Australia‚Äôs former finance minister Mathias Cormann has won a hard-fought election to become the new chief of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), despite grave concerns voiced by environmental groups over his record on climate change. Outside the wind is howling. The washing line would sing if it were taut enough to vibrate a note. This is just weather, of course, not climate. But is anyone listening anyway? Should…

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A Poetry Haul

What else is there to spend birthday money on in lockdown than poetry books (apart from food, beer and wine of course, and whisky, gin, tequila…I could go on) ? Some of these were presents, but others were bought with birthday present money. The best way to improve your writing is to read. Different voices, different styles, different subject matter and writers from different eras. I’ve got a few gaps in my knowledge I need…

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From my Poetry Bookshelf – Jeremy Hooker – Master of the Leaping Figures

This week’s book from my poetry bookshelf is Jeremy Hooker’s Master of the Leaping Figures. It was published by Enitharmon Press in 1987 and is now out of print. Enitharmon have a collected, which I don’t own yet, and a more recent collection, Scattered Light, from 2015. If you are interested in buying them then they can be purchased here; https://enitharmon.co.uk/authors/jeremy-hooker-2/ You can also get these books on Bookshop.org, along with some other collections, this…

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