Here’s your poetry in the news for this week.
Matthew Zapruder has a new book coming out entitled Why Poetry, which speculates on the teaching – and learning – of poetry, and how we might have got it wrong. As someone who has always huffed suspiciously at the idea of there only ever being one true, definitive interpretation of a poem – usually decided by scholarly folk who often overlook things they don’t want to see in a poem in favour of the things they do – this book sounds like a little cheer of comraderie. Let people find whatever ‘hidden meanings’ they find in the words of a poem! Read the article here
More of this please! In New Delhi poets Sabika Abbas Naqvi and Shrenik Mutha perform Poetry at the Metro; covering subjects such as gender, feminism, facism and right-wing politics.
I have to admit, this next article was an education for me, exposed me for the ignorant thing I am. I discovered slam/spoken word poetry what has to be two, or three years ago now, and whilst it’s not something I could do myself (though I’d love to, just, people+stage=nightmare for me), I have grown to love seeing it perform. And until reading this article I had never considered that slam poetry could be performed by ASL artists. What. An. Idiot. I’m off to educate myself more because this article about ASL Slam has really opened my eyes, have a read and see if it does the same for you!
After the terror attack in Finsbury Park this week, poet and mental health spokesperson Hussain Manawer talks about the need for promoting harmony and love in the wake of these horrid attacks. It’s a really good article, please give it a read.
And finally, this is a beautiful article by Cyrus Shahrad talking about his father reciting poetry, and how important poetry is in Iranian culture. I can’t justify how good it is, go and give it a read for yourself.
I hope you’re all having good weeks!