Poetry In The News

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Hello 😊 here’s your poetry in the news for this week; I hope it’s a good one!

The influence of poetry in the 70s.

Amazing street poetry in Adelaide that you can only see when it rains; how beautiful is that!

Potentially the most beautiful thing ever: a celebration of ‘local’ words, colloquialisms then, of the UK, in poetry. Yes please.

The development of ‘formal’ Singapore poetry.

Celebrating 70s years of independence with Indo-Pak poetry.

And finally, ‘10 spoken word poems you need to hear’. Spoilers: you don’t need to hear 10, you need to hear all of them. Spoken word poets are amazing and deserve all the love at all times.

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Poetry In The News

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Hello 😊

Here’s your poetry in the news for this week.

Denver is hosting its first National Poetry Slam, and Suzy Q Smith will be there, which is reason enough to go; she’s an incredible performer!

This is a really nice article in the New York Times about poetry.

The Australian Poetry Slam‘s heats are currently taking place.

An article on taking poetry to heart/learning it by heart.

Why children need poetry according to the Huffington Post.

And finally, Wild Hollowfields at Upper Hollowfields Farm will be holding a series of workshops on everything from archaeology to poetry; an eclectic enough mix to get anyone’s attention!

Happy weeks all round!

Poetry in the News

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Hello 😊

Here’s some poetry in the news for you this week:

Here’s a cheat sheet for getting into poetry with the ’25 most anthologised poems’.

A great podcast from The Guardian about the Man Booker prize and poet Kayo Chingonyi. This is a global collection of more than 1000 Hanpai poems.

Anthology the First World Hanpai Collection is released.

And the importance of poetry in Arabic culture.

Hope you’re all having good weeks!

Poetry in the News

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Hello! Here’s some poetry in the news for you this week.

The BBC has announced their poetry festival Contains Strong Language will be a ‘four-day extravaganza’ taking place in Hull – current City of Culture – at the end of September.

The Stamford Art Festival runs for its third consecutive year at the end of July, and is a merger of art, music and poetry.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group are suggesting that GPs should prescribe poetry and art classes for those with depression, strokes, and chronic pain; is this in lieu of the traditional medicine that’s been mentioned as on the cut list earlier this week?

And finally, the bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan, talks about the text he has written for Ice Cream: The Opera, as well as his beloved home town.

Have good weeks!

Poetry in the News

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Hello 😊

Here’s your poetry for the week:

Sam Walker talks about the benefits of arts such as poetry for you health.

Here’s some beautiful poetry by Ocean Vuong.

The Cuban Poetry Festival fights back against the US blockage and imperialism.

The use of poetry in prisons to help people turn their backs on crime.

And finally… alert! Alert! Russell Simmons might be bringing back Def Poetry Jam – hosted by Chance the Rapper.

Enjoy your weeks!

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!

Poetry in the News

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Hello 😊

Here’s some poetry in the news for you…

Shaping the Fractured Self: poetry of chronic illness and pain, edited by Heather Taylor Johnson, is, I’m going to say, lovingly reviewed in this article in The Conversation, because the writer really feels like they started out cautiously with the anthology and slowly fell in love with it!

Poet and book artist MC Hyland has launched A Walking Poets’ Library, a Madison Square Park installation exploring the connection between walking and poetry – it’s things like this that tempt me to want to stop moving around, stop in one place for a while.

I really love reading about the importance of poetry, and this article by Atef Alshaer does just that, by talking about poetry’s role in resistance.

If you only have time to read one thing on this list today, make it this one. This a long, beautiful article about culture, diversity, lost poetry, history, and oh so many things – ostensibly underpinned by the discovery of lost Arabic poetry being rediscovered in Hebrew. Read it, honestly, it’s kind of magical!

And finally, this article about Adam Bradley’s book The Poetry of Pop is so, so good. As someone who has forever been amused at the idea that song lyrics aren’t poetry, this is an amazing, vindicating read. It’s true, there’s a lot of songs out there that really aren’t poetic; they’re barely words at all. But for a great many artists you can feel the emotion behind every lyric they write – just like you would when reading ‘conventional’ poetry. The Nobel Prize for Literature went to Bob Dylan for a reason beyond ‘we just like his music’, after all…

Happy reading!