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News in Poetry Make every effort to open Thoor Ballylee for Yeats’ 150th anniversary
Posted by fogglethorpe on Thursday, July 17, 2014 (15:21:54)

The efforts by a group of local people to have the famous Yeats' Tower (Thoor Ballylee), near Gort, south Galway, reopened is to be welcomed and supported..

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News in Poetry UK - The Fault Isn't in Our Poets by Mandy Kahn
Posted by wordsmithwannabe on Monday, July 14, 2014 (07:15:00)

Poetry News:

An uproar over Britain's unawarded Forward Prize minimizes the duty felt by the bards among us.



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News in Poetry George Szirtes on Paxman and poetry
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, June 03, 2014 (13:46:37)

Poetry News: In today's Guardian, George Szirtes takes Jeremy Paxman to task for his recent assertions about poetry, his suggestion that poets ought to explain how and why they chose their topic or form.

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News in Poetry The Popularity of Poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, May 23, 2014 (05:00:02)

It is very difficult for Westerners, especially Americans, to apprehend how significant poetry can be as an expressive mechanism in society. For many of us poetry has connotations of elitism, obscurity, impracticality. Few of us read poetry, and fewer still have a real appreciation of it. But in Vietnam this is not the case. Many Vietnamese read poetry with enjoyment, commit it to memory, and recite poems to each other with unfeigned enthusiasm. Everyday speech is liberally sprinkled with poetic allusions. Link!

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In the Traditional Media Our Pick: Why 'After Midnight' Should Win The Tony For Best Musical
Posted by fogglethorpe on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (15:00:00)

This 90-minute show, directed by Warren Carlyle, is packed with 28 jazz numbers that you might have heard performed if you’d been at the Cotton Club nearly 100 years ago..

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News in Poetry The novel-is-dead article is dead.
Posted by fogglethorpe on Friday, May 09, 2014 (15:00:32)

Imagine if that were true: The whole great, grand journalistic tradition of delineating, every six months or so, why long-form fiction cannot survive contemporaneity, imagine that whole glorious enterprise of punditry finished, over! And in its place, what? Book reviews?

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News in Poetry Week 3 of The Tribune's 14th annual celebration of National Poetry Month
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 (15:50:16)

Poetry News: WE RECEIVED MORE THAN 300 POEMS THIS YEAR FOR "FROM SOUL TO PAPER," OUR ANNUAL ODE TO POETRY.

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News in Poetry Why can't we have happy poets?
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, April 12, 2014 (05:03:51)

Does great poetry need to be disquieting? I was pondering this question as I spent several Tube journeys recently reading, with much enjoyment, the middle-aged and slightly older WH Auden. Why shouldn’t poetry be like this – discursive, intelligent, worldly-wise, more like after-dinner conversation at a high table accompanied by some excellent port – rather than the solitary howling of a wounded beast?Link!

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News in Poetry Writers' centre future hangs in the balance
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 (23:37:38)

WRITERS need as much support as they can get, according to an Orange-based poet. With the future of the Central West Writers’ Centre still in doubt, founding member Diana Bell Brooks has voiced her concerns about the void left by discontinued state government funding.Link!

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News in Poetry Prose isn't poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, April 05, 2014 (05:32:18)

Please let me tactfully protest. The submission by Vance W. Torbert III titled “Room D820” (March 29 Weekend Perspectives) purports to be a poem. It is not. It lacks rhyme, rhythm, poetic form, imagistic diction. It is a dramatic little narrative, a prose paragraph lined to mimic free verse. Link!

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News in Poetry The poet in the library
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, March 30, 2014 (06:42:38)

Do gays have a special affinity for libraries? Yes, if we are to believe poet Greg Hewett. He spoke March 27 at Quatrefoil Library, which recently moved its LGBT holdings from St. Paul to a new spot in a senior housing project on Lake St. and 13th Av. S. in Minneapolis.Link!

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News in Poetry Poet Yosimar Reyes on the power of personal narratives
Posted by fogglethorpe on Thursday, March 20, 2014 (15:00:00)

I'm a poet; I write a lot of poetry. I'm a performance artist and do spoken word. Most of what I write focuses on intersections of migration and sexuality. Most of my poems deal with those themes..

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News in Poetry Being A Turk Is Insufferable Shame: Turkish Poet
Posted by fogglethorpe on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (15:08:35)

The Turkish poet Serkan Engin wrote in the article in the website Paper Boats of Poetry that for him being a Turk is an insufferable shame, as the ancestors of the Turks implemented the Armenian Genocide..

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News in Poetry Poet confesses 'insufferable shame of being a Turk'
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 (05:51:24)

Paper Boats of Poetry website published an article “The Insufferable Shame of Being a Turk” by Turkish poet Serkan Engin.Link!

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News in Poetry Poetry does not help children understand the Great War, says Paxman
Posted by fogglethorpe on Monday, March 17, 2014 (14:01:05)

Teachers rely too much on poetry to educate children about the realities of the First World War, Jeremy Paxman has said..

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News in Poetry Vermont's first poet laureate, Robert Frost, and current one share concern for t
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, March 09, 2014 (21:44:30)

Poetry, or at any rate poetry as keenly attentive as our first state poet’s, can remind us of an ongoing history, which still includes too much misery and want, and of our own inclination to dismiss or rationalize it for our own benefit.Link!

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In the Traditional Media Ramis' era of comedy, where comics challenged authority
Posted by fogglethorpe on Monday, March 03, 2014 (17:00:00)

As Chevy Chase might have put it on “Saturday Night Live,” Harold Ramis is still dead. And with him has gone the finest era of comedy: The ’70s kind..

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Art in the News Artistic value misunderstood
Posted by fogglethorpe on Thursday, February 20, 2014 (16:00:00)

Creating new forms of art is fantastic and does great things for the art world. However, exploiting artistic precedent in order to crown oneself an “artist” does not verify the title..

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News in Poetry Is love real?
Posted by fogglethorpe on Friday, February 14, 2014 (16:15:40)

The most famous proponent of this view was the writer C. S. Lewis, who argued that romantic love was invented in Europe in the early twelfth century. It was around this time that ‘courtly love’ became the central theme of much European poetry..

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News in Poetry Where is G-d?
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, February 13, 2014 (23:55:47)

“Where is G-d” is a philosophical question with a poetic and profound answer in Rashi, based on a phrase in this week’s Torah portion. Due to its pithiness and poetry, this is my favorite Rashi in the Torah.Link!

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News in Poetry My Old Hero: A Tribute to Barry Spacks
Posted by fogglethorpe on Friday, February 07, 2014 (16:00:00)

I first met Barry in a poetry workshop at UCSB. I was 18 or so, here in Santa Barbara taking a couple summer school classes. The workshop met in a seminar room on the second floor of South Hall in the afternoons, a room with a view of a sycamore tree, the old gym, and the mountains..

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News in Poetry Knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns
Posted by fogglethorpe on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 (16:35:00)

Some years ago I was honoured to be accepted by the late master of prose and poetry Wayne Brown into one of his distance writing workshops; although he was based in Jamaica and I in Trinidad, the idea was that I would e-mail him work and he would send me extensive criticism of it..

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News in Poetry In praise of the poet: Dylan Thomas fans give their verdict on his influence
Posted by fogglethorpe on Monday, February 03, 2014 (16:00:00)

Dylan Thomas has been there my whole life. The paintings on the wall, the books on the shelves, the name ever present in everyday discussions..



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News in Poetry Writing Poems is Good for You
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, February 01, 2014 (05:53:28)

It’s commonly accepted that reading a poem can give us comfort or spark a new insight in a time of trouble. But what about writing a poem? We’ve often remarked on poetry’s curative qualities, usually speaking of its effects on a reader (see the list of past postings below)—but we’ve also think it’s worth paying attention to the healing that results from the act of writingpoetry. Poets, what do you think?Link!

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News in Poetry Let's Not Whitewash Pete Seeger's Sympathy for Stalin
Posted by fogglethorpe on Thursday, January 30, 2014 (16:01:05)

Along with countless other sensible people, I have often bristled at the mindless deification of Pete Seeger, the nonagenarian folk singer who died yesterday at age 94..

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