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News in Poetry Dylan Thomas centenary events 'dumbed down' claims leading authority on the poet
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, November 20, 2014 (04:45:40)

One of the world’s leading experts on the writing of Dylan Thomas has accused the two main organisations responsible for organising centenary events of adopting a superficial “dumbed down” approach. Professor John Goodby of Swansea University, who recently edited a new collected edition of Thomas’ poetry, launched a scathing attack on Literature Wales and the British Council in Poetry Wales magazine.Link!

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News in Poetry Lleucu Siencyn: Poetry is for us to express ourselves
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 (09:28:46)

The Youth Poet Laureate project run by Urban Word is also an interesting model. It’s an open competition aimed at young people aged between 13 and 22, and the winner is awarded the prestigious title for a year. Link!

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News in Poetry Tony Wright: Writing down and out in the world's most liveable city
Posted by zhaul on Friday, October 03, 2014 (17:50:55)

Poetry News: ... gone on to study formally, one of our authors has written two plays produced at La Mama; some have published books of poetry and memoirs," she says. Each season the magazine is devoted to a different subject. Suitcase Tales produced astonishing ...

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News in Poetry Future, the only thing worth reflecting on
Posted by Ozymandias on Thursday, September 25, 2014 (03:44:02)

Poetry was a means of running away from the world of stubborn philosophical logics, and philosophy on the other hand was a stronghold against the invasions of the poetical dreams, exactly like fire and ice, both admirable and lovely but opposite to each other.Link!

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News in Poetry Griffin nominee wants poetry to be relevant
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (07:36:07)

He does endorse the idea of making poetry more relevant to the modern world, something he says was lost in the 20th Century when it was "co-opted by academies and institutions." "We became erudite and selfreferential and corny, actually," he says. "We took the pleasure out of poetry for the common person. We want to be a part of the world that exists right now and not the world that exists in our head or in academiesLink!

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News in Poetry 7 Ways to Be the Victim of a Poetry Contest Scam
Posted by zhaul on Monday, September 08, 2014 (19:07:12)

Poetry News: The number of people who get ripped off by poetry contest scams every year is incredible. These scams predate the Internet by at least a hundred years.

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In the Traditional Media Ethics:Take time to contemplate the arts in this trivial digital age
Posted by chameleon on Sunday, September 07, 2014 (07:45:18)

Good poetry is precise. Haiku can be inspiring. Shakespeare's sonnets are 140 syllables long. Concise communication is a useful art. But we've shaved this down to tweets of 140 characters. And we've compressed the time we need to reflect upon the meaning of things, while filling the void with data.

An interesting discussion of the effect of the Internet and social media on the arts at the Fresno Bee!


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News in Poetry The Mulroyad: the Commission's Poet Laureate Sums It Up
Posted by induce on Thursday, August 21, 2014 (00:13:08)

Poetry News: Mulroy's Limerick to Himself Crusading causes were Mulroy's pastimes Along with Star Trek and bad poetry crimes Some failed and some passed But we're grateful at long last We'll finally be rid of his rhymes.

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News in Poetry Poet laureates should be populist
Posted by fogglethorpe on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (16:02:00)

Regarding the NC poet laureate tempest and Chris Vitiello's article, "What is a N.C. poet laureate?" (Aug. 6) I find myself thinking, a pox on them all, from Pat McCrory to the so-called "North Carolina literary community," to the grandiose laureateship itself.

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News in Poetry A time to reflect on the poetry, lyricism of suicide
Posted by induce on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 (06:25:31)

Poetry News:

Our grandmother, who we loved so much it still breaks our heart, said a couple of weird things when she passed 100 years of age.



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News in Poetry Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poet Society
Posted by fogglethorpe on Thursday, August 14, 2014 (14:13:29)

John Keating handed me a key, and the lock was to my own heart, and when––at his prompting with the words “What will your verse be?”––I turned that key, I discovered for the first time what it felt like to be free. Free to express the longing, the depths, the joys, and the horrors of each and every day through the creative spirit..

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News in Poetry Let's inspire a love of poetry in children
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (04:50:15)

..children are no longer required to commit poems to memory to be well-rounded. What a sad commentary indeed. Because poetry is fun for kids - oh, yes it is!

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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)

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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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