Poetry in the News

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Hello 😊

Here’s your poetry for the week:

Winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize, Ali Cobby Eckermann, talks a little about her life, and how she turned the pain of her earlier years into poetry.

Michael Robbin’s new book Equipment For Living: On Poetry and Pop Music is discussed in this article, interspersed with a little bit of an interview with him.

This article written by Matthew Zapruder might be one of my favourite poetry articles ever written! His thoughts on poetry, that we are inherently taught that poetry must be difficult and complex to truly be poetry, and that you need specialist skills to interpret it, has essentially been my mantra since just about forever – though far more eloquently put than I have ever done!

Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali has his life’s work brought to life on the stage by Amer Hlehel.

And finally, slam poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan talks about Islamophobia in her poem This is Not a Humanising Poem. It’s a powerful poem, one that a fair few people in this world could really do with listening to.

Have good weeks!

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