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News in Poetry Mark Strand: a poet both elegant and risque
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, December 19, 2014 (09:08:14)

Strand was a versatile poet, capable of shifting easily from the metaphysical to the wry, and embracing styles that ranged from pensive to bawdy.Link!

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News in Poetry Pulitzer winner Mark Strand found comfort in art
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, December 19, 2014 (00:40:32)

Mark Strand, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate widely praised for his concentrated, elegiac verse and graceful command of both humour and despair, has died. He was 80.Link!

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News in Poetry Poor show for poet
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, December 18, 2014 (02:13:38)

Last week BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme entitled ‘Dorset Rewritten’ in which a number of local people, includ-ing myself, participated. The programme was advertised as being about the Dorset dialect poet, William Barnes, and I suspect that some thousands of local people will have listened to it hoping to hear more of Barnes’s poetry. Link!

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News in Poetry Resurrecting Dylan Thomas
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (09:35:05)

Bob Kingdom was just a boy when he discovered the works of Dylan Thomas. Many years later, when he came to put together Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, Kingdom drew inspiration from his early experience to create a one-man show with the great Welsh poet and writer’s extraordinary voice front and centre.Link!

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News in Poetry Soviet 'angry young poet' Yevtushenko hospitalised
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, December 15, 2014 (02:55:02)

Russian non-conformist poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who achieved rock star fame during the Soviet era, was hospitalised Sunday after suffering a fall. Link!

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News in Poetry In Silent Dignity
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, December 11, 2014 (09:22:19)

Razia Khan's poetry connects us to our past, and unmasks both private and civic memories, dreams, and urgencies.Link!

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News in Poetry Des O'Connor's poetic licence
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, December 08, 2014 (09:43:15)

VETERAN entertainer Des O'Connor can see the funny side of most things, even those known to induce their fair share of irritation - satnavs, recycling bins, children's birthday parties, the New Year sales... But then the ever youthful octogenarian has a lot to smile about. His new book of comic verse, Laughter Lines, which highlights the funny side of all these potentially stressful subjects and many others, has secured the number one spot in poetry sales.

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News in Poetry And in such myriad ways your memories come to me, as night falls
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, December 08, 2014 (09:39:59)

Faiz came to me in his collected poems, Saare Sukhan Hamare (“All words are ours”). I made a long trip to old Delhi’s Daryaganj in DTC buses to Raj Kamal Prakashan to procure the book just published at the then royal price of Rs 100. It was that difficult, and that expensive to buy it. The book still accompanies me, along with the “Diwan e Ghalib” a quarter of a century later.Link!

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News in Poetry A young performance poet from Romsey is wowing audiences with her way with words
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, December 08, 2014 (04:39:34)

A young performance poet from Romsey is wowing audiences with her way with words. Daisy Fletcher was a member of the Romsey School’s winning team at the inter-school poetry slam held at the Wessex Schools Literary Festival. Link!

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News in Poetry How to Talk Shakespeare
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, December 07, 2014 (09:01:46)

There are plenty of places to turn if your goal is to speak Spanish, or Mandarin, or Arabic. But what if your goal is to talk Shakespeare—to ape the playwright, howsoever hard, and play the part of deft immortal bard?Link!

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News in Poetry Performing poetry, on a ventilator
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, December 07, 2014 (03:20:45)

Performing poetry has its challenges, but more so if your breathing is controlled by a machine. Owen Lowery is 46 and lives in Lancashire. He has a ventilator which helps him to breathe. Link!

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News in Poetry Daniel Llewelyn-Williams as Sassoon and Owain Gwynn as Owen. Picture: Catherine
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, December 07, 2014 (03:19:07)

It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword yet in that actual time of madness the achingly tormented – yet beautiful - poetry of such bards as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, both serving officers, merely confirmed the horrors, the words written metaphorically in blood.Link!

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News in Poetry Pulitzer-Winning Poet, Claudia Emerson, Has Died
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, December 06, 2014 (23:28:22)

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a former poet laureate of Virginia, Claudia Emerson, has passed away from cancer. She was 57.Link!

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News in Poetry Tasmania Dreaming
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, December 06, 2014 (23:22:21)

Jane Williams is the award-winning author of six books of poetry, the most recent being Days Like These (Interactive Press), and has been widely published in journals and anthologies. She recently started a blog featuring her writing for children (janewilliamsforkids.wordpress.com). Link!

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News in Poetry Ivan Jelinek: a poet in the newsroom
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, December 06, 2014 (06:02:14)

Ivan Jelínek was not just a broadcaster. His lifelong passion was poetry. In Czech Books this week, I’ll be looking at Jelínek’s fascinating life and work.Link!

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News in Poetry In Seoul Tagores lamp is still lit by a Korean poetess and author
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, December 05, 2014 (05:13:52)

Kim Yang-shik’s eyes sparkled behind those stylish glasses while talking about the letter she received from Shantiniketan’s Visva-Bharati university earlier this year. The university, according to her, had finally in principle given the green signal to her opening a Korea Bhawan in the town synonymous with Rabindranath Tagore. Link!

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News in Poetry Christina Louise Ryley
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, December 03, 2014 (09:39:11)

Christina Louise Ryley, 73, of Sedona, died Nov. 12. An Arizona native, she taught gifted and special needs students. She was a writer, poet and musician who supported the arts in Sedona, participating in 1st Friday, poetry events and creative writing groups.Link!

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News in Poetry Bronx woman hopes poetry will push people to the polls
Posted by Ozymandias on Monday, December 01, 2014 (03:43:30)

A YOUNG Bronx woman is using her pen to push people to the polls. Crystal Valentine, 20, was named New York City Youth Poet Laureate after a rousing reading of her poem “A Voter’s Problem” at a spoken-word competition held at Lincoln Center in October.Link!

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News in Poetry When Morri met Sarah
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, November 30, 2014 (09:12:15)

"Literary power couple." That's how the communications director for the North Carolina Writers' Network describes writers Morri and Sarah Creech to me in an email. Considering their recent successes, rightfully so.Link!

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News in Poetry T. E. Hulme's ways of seeing
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, November 29, 2014 (06:42:31)

Hulme is not known principally as a poet of war, or perhaps even as a poet at all – despite having written, according to T. S. Eliot, “two or three of the most beautiful short poems in the language”, and arrived first at the poetic “do’s” and “don’ts” that Ezra Pound took over and christened “Imagisme” (everything then was better in French).Link!

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News in Poetry Lorca grave may turn up in Spain Civil War search
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, November 29, 2014 (06:41:30)

A search for unmarked Spanish Civil War graves has begun in southern Spain and officials hope it may reveal the burial site of acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who's believed to have been executed and buried in the area.Link!

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News in Poetry Big B pays tribute to father on his 107th birth anniversary
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, November 28, 2014 (23:24:11)

Mumbai, Nov 27 - On the occasion of Harivanshrai Bachchan's 107th birth anniversary, his son and megastar Amitabh Bachchan called him a unique genius, and also remembered one time when the noted poet called him his best poetry. Link!

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News in Poetry Poet's lost Oxford years remembered
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, November 28, 2014 (21:27:47)

During Dylan Thomas's time in Oxford he knuckled down on his masterpiece Under Milk Wood, appeared on the BBC, indulged in plenty of heavy drinking, and was kicked out of his lodgings by a jealous husband. Now a literary tour is shining a spotlight on this relatively little-known period of the Welsh poet's life.Link!

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News in Poetry Leading and controversial Lebanese poet dies at 102
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, November 28, 2014 (21:22:10)

BEIRUT -- Saeed Akl, Lebanon's leading poet whose fame spread throughout the Arab world, has died, state media and officials said Friday. He was 102. The ultra-nationalist Akl wrote his poems in classical Arabic as well as the Lebanese dialect, which he referred to as "the Lebanese language." Link!

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News in Poetry Article Image
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, November 27, 2014 (04:54:48)

YOUNG musician Maddie Bromfield has become a published poet after turning to verse to celebrate the work of her favourite classical composer. The 16-year-old’s piece, An Ode To Tchaikovsky, was picked as one of the winning entries in a Young Writers poetry competition. Now it has been printed in a new book, which features some of the country’s most talented teenage authors. Link!

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