With the conflict in Afghanistan escalating and the Iraq inquiry pending, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy commissions war poetry for today.
"Today, as most of us do, poets largely experience war - wherever it rages - through emails or texts from friends or colleagues in war zones, through radio or newsprint or television, through blogs or tweets or interviews. With the official inquiry into Iraq imminent and the war in Afghanistan returning dead teenagers to the streets of Wootton Bassett, I invited a range of my fellow poets to bear witness, each in their own way, to these matters of war."
The Poetry Agent's insight:
A good selection of poems with a modern take on war
Don't be afraid of anything beyond your control. Don't be afraid, forinstance, that the building will collapse as you sleep, or that someoneyou love will suddenly drop dead. Eat an orange every morning.
The Poetry Agent's insight:
It's a long one but worth it. Can you do a better list?
Envoi has high production values – published in February, June and October as a 96 page, large format, perfect bound matt laminate journal with an eye to presenting the poetry well on the page. We include a substantial section of reviews in the magazine and carry occasional poetry related articles and poetry in translation.
'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.
Pennine Poets is a group of acclaimed and widely published writers who meet for monthly creative workshops, stage readings and festivals, and produce a journal, Pennine Platform, which attracts both local and international readers.
Founded in 1966 at Elland Library, the Pennine Poets group has been based for many years in Heckmondwike, at the home of Mabel Ferrett. It has close links with the Press, which was recently awarded a grant by Arts Council England. This support has allowed it to bring out two anthologies marking the group’s achievements: Fighting Cocks: Spirit and Emotion, and Mind and Body. These are not simply be anthologies of the work of Pennine Poets, but take readers on a fascinating literary journey through forty years of northern writing. On the way, they promote excellent poetry and original illustrations from writers and artists associated with the group.Spirit and Emotion by Mabel Ferrett is a fascinating account of the growth of the group and its relationship to other northern writers. In Mind and Body Dr K E Smith of Bradford University outlines themes shared by the group, and shows how these reflect social and political changes. Both books are edited by Pauline Kirk. Contributors include Anna Adams, Cal Clothier and Ian Dewhirst, who went on to achieve reputations elsewhere. Photographs, rare archive material and original artwork illustrate the texts.
Inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and the tradition of Buddhist prayer flags, The Dream Flag Project® is a poetry publication and community-building project for dreamers of all ages.
The Dream Flag Project® invites students to dream and hope and wish. They capture their dream poems in words and images to share with the world. The Dream Flag Project® is free and open to any adult-led group of students. Students from ages 3 to 20 have created Dream Flags through schools, libraries, hospitals and other organizations.
The first ever Manchester Writing for Children Prize invites the submission of poetry to be read by children within the age group of five to 12. Portfolios should contain three to five poems, totalling together no more than 120 lines.
- publication of selected pieces from long-listed entrants in a new anthology;
- an invitation to appear alongside Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at a special event at the 2014 Manchester Children's Book Festival for the short-listed entrants;
- and a cash prize of £2,000 for an overall winner – to be announced at that event.*
Deadline for entries: Friday 28th February 2014 Entry fee: £12
The 2015 search for a new Poetry By Heart national champion starts Saturday 28th June 2014. Schools/colleges must register to participate (even if they took part last year) via the registration link on the home page of this website, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 0117 905 5338.
A few weeks ago, on Centre Street–just north of Canal, the longtime boundary between Chinatown and the rest of Manhattan–I was on a panel, Re-imagining Asian American (and American) Poetry, at the Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA). Dorothy Wang, author of the recently published book, Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry (Stanford University Press, 2013), hosted the panel. In addition to me, the panel included the poets Marilyn Chin and Paolo Javier. Each of us was supposed to read for twenty minutes, and then we would begin discussing Dorothy’s book. Never one to ease the audience into her work or otherwise make it simple for them, Marilyn began her reading with the poem, “So You Fucked John Donne” from her book, Rhapsody in Plain Yellow (2002):
As National Poetry Month comes to a close, we're celebrating these Black women poets who have changed us with their work. They help us to see ourselves and make sense of the world. They inspire us to be better and to make a difference. Here are the 15 Black women poets you should know.
Manchester Central Library will re-open its doors to the public on Saturday 22 March 2014, nearly four years after it closed for refurbishment, making it exactly two months to go.
To celebrate this momentous day, Manchester Libraries are calling on children and young people from 4 – 18 to get creative for a commemorative postcard competition with the theme "Central Library, past, present and future".
The winning postcards will be printed and sent to all Manchester schoolchildren as a memento of the opening, mirroring the idea from 1934, when Central Library first opened and every schoolchild received a commemorative handkerchief.
Graft Poetry is an exciting new poetry publishing venture based in West Yorkshire.
Our philosophy is simple: the very best in contemporary poetry at affordable prices. The poets to be published, in the first instance at least, are ones who have not previously published poetry collections but who seem to us to deserve to be better known in book form. The cost for each book will be kept as low as possible, and there are a number of ways to buy.
This enterprise aims to be self-funding with initial investment from Pennine Platform poetry magazine. Graft Poetry's editorial board includes the editor of Pennine Platform and some members of the acclaimed Pennine Poets.
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