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Sappho of Lesbos. Science maps night sky described in 2,500-year-old poem, pinning down time and place. Ars technica – May 2016
T S ELIOT. Informative article – a book review – of his complete letters, his notated poems/scraps, in two volumes. Reminds us of the sad story of his wife, confined to a mental asylum – his own retreat into Christianity. Spiked/Modern Times – Feb 2016
J R R Tolkien – early poems discovered, published, in 1930s’ school magazine. The Guardian. – Feb 2016
The Poetry Archive in London celebrates its first ten years. Initiated by Andrew Motion & Richard Carrington. Link to explanatory Archive Newsletter. – Feb 2016.
“What Use is Poetry?” Extraordinary, wonderful talk by Meena Alexander to the Yale Political Union in 2013. World Literature Today – Feb 2016.
Today’s best poet’s. Detailed article/opinion piece based around T S Eliot Prize. Telegraph article. – Jan 2016
Physics & poetry. In-depth interview with Peter Middleton of Southampton University. Notably during the Cold War. His father was a code-breaker at Bletchley Park in WWII. Inside Higher Ed. – Jan 2016.
Andrew McMillan is first poet to win Guardian £10,000 first-book prize. The Guardian. – Nov 2015
Charlotte Bronte. Lost poem of 17-year-old Charlotte recovered. At one time in a chest on shipwrecked vessel off Devon coast. The Guardian. – Nov 2015.
Vikrim Seth. In-depth interview in The Hindu plus a recording of one poem. – Nov 2015
Ted Hughes. Interview with Jonathan Bate, author of new unauthorised biography. NPR. – Oct 2015
Balachandran Chullikkadu. Link to the Malayalam poet on Wikipedia. – Sept 2015
Connie Roberts. Article on the poet, mother, assistant professor who emerged from Ireland’s notorious church-run ‘industrial school’ system. New York Times. – Sept 2015.
Colin Simms Collection of poems about the endangered hen harrier hawk, with beautiful photos in the article. The Guardian – Aug 2015.
John Fowles Story of finding his first, lost, unpublished love poem in France. The Guardian – Aug 2015
Iran’s Ayatollah has road-map for Islamic poetry in the Republic. Asharq Al-Awsat – article. – July 2015
William Carlos Williams. The story of the African-American street worker who owned the real ‘red wheelbarrow’ used as an image by Williams. New York Times. – July 2015.
Katherine Mansfield. Nearly 30 previously unknown poems discovered in Chicago library. The Guardian. – June 2015
J S (Jann) Harry. Biog of Australia’s adventurous poet. Creator of Peter Henry Lupus, the philiosopher rabbit, making sense of a world riddled with wars (Jann spent time in Baghdad), environmental issues, and destructive technology. Sydney Morning Herald. – June 2015
Philip Larkin refused Oxford poetry professorship nomination. Letter + verse discovered. The Guardian – June 2014.
Terrance Hayes On The Joys Of Poetry: ‘Poets Are … The Decathletes Of Literature’. Huffpost interview. – May 2015
Vijay Nambisan. Review of his book First Infinities. This from a winning poem, Madras Central – ‘Hissing into silence like hot steel into water…’ Hindustan Times – May 2015
President Barack & First Lady Michelle Obama talk about poetry. The White House. – May 2015
Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry. Wole Soyinka, AE Stallings, Ian Gregson, Seán Haldane and Simon Armitage compete. The Guardian. – May 2015.
Clive James A review of Sentenced to Life – poems from death’s door. The Guardian. – Mar 2015
What poetry offers and writing prompts. Thoughtful opinion column by Elizabeth Austen, Washington state’s poet laureate for 2014-16. Includes links to a series of short video writing programmes – ‘poetry prompts’. The Seattle Times. – May 2015
War poetry Jessie Pope and WWI. A look at popular poet of the time and what schools teach now. BBC News Magazine. – May 2015.
Wislawa Szymborska. Article on quiet, Nobel prizewinning Polish poet (1931-2012) on publication of collected works. New York Times – Apr 2015
Hamdah Khalfan Al Mansouri. Empowered by poetry. A powerful and moving account. The National, UAE – Mar 2015
Lake Isle of Inisfree. Lovely full article and beautiful photos, explore the lakeside and the region. Very evocative. New York Times. – Apr 2015.
Nick Cave and Online publishing. Innovative publishing mix by poet-singer-author. New York Times – Apr 2015
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH in the USA. Here’s an article celebrating all the new means of ‘delivering’ poetry – on buses, with short movies, on social media… the world of poetry is buzzing. Huffington Post. – Apr 2015
Frank Stanford. Review of first collected poems of prolific 29-year-old poet who committed suicide in 1978. New York Times – Mar 2015
Alice Oswald. Guardian portrait (2012) – Mar 2015
Tracks, trails, country pathways. Popular poets recalled and readers’ contributions too. Guardian blog – Mar 2015.
Clive James. Incredibly moving interview – BBC recording of 3rd April BBC Radio 4 broadcast: BBC Radio 4
Andrew Motion gives background and poems to his award-winning programme ‘Coming Home’, about soldiers returning from Afghanistan. BBC Blog – Apr 2015
Jon Silkin. England’s ‘lost’ poet. An anthgology at last. Guardian book of the week. – Mar 2015
Tomas Transtromer Swedish Nobel-winning poet, dies at 83. New York Times – Mar 2015
What makes for ‘good’ poetry? An in-depth thoughtful interview with poet Jane Hirshfield, Chancellor of the American Academy of poets, following publication of a collection of essays. From the equally thoughtful newspaper, the Huffington Post – Mar 2015
Catching up with CANADA. Blog (Sept 2012) reviewing refreshing changes in Canadian writing. Globe & Mail – Mar 2015
Kate Tempest. Rapper, spoken word artist and playwright. Mix hip-hop, Blake, Greek gods, mix ‘great writers and rhymers’. Article & review of young London poet. New York Times article and Kate rapping at Glastonbury 2013 YouTube – Mar 2015
Dylan walk. A two-mile trail inspired by a poem that Thomas wrote on his 30th birthday, with views over his Laugharne home and workshed. BBC news back in 2012. – Mar 2015
WWI Books, films, songs, poetry – selected list in San Fran’s SFgateGATE – Mar 2015
Yashika Graham. Young Jamaican poet featured – & her visit to Bristol in ’14. The Gleaner – Mar 2015
“Live long and prosper.” Poet & actor Leonard Nimoy dies. Times-Call local news – Mar 2015
Ireland’s favourite poem Selection of quotes and reasons… reporting RTE’s search. Irish Times. – Mar 2015
Paula Meehan. The Dublin poet at age 60 – a ‘voice for the disenfranchised everywhere’. Irish Times. – Mar 2015
400 African poets from 31 countries (posted in 14 different languages). Read about project in Frost Illustrated or go direct to Badilisha Poetry X-Change to chose by poet, theme, country, emotion, latest uploads or the TOP TEN – Feb 2015.
‘Alligator Pie’ Verses for children. Article about popular Canadian poet Dennis Lee. National Post – Feb 2015
Clive James on poetry ‘Poetry Notebook 2006-2014’ reviewed. The review itself is a worthwhile read in The Guardian – Feb 2015.
Another take on Cerys & Dylan. A must-read for Dylan fans. Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas. The Independent. – Feb 2015
Dylan Thomas sung by Cerys Matthews Setting Dylan to music – two links here, to a track and to her article. Play YouTube vocal and Guardian article. – Feb 2015
“The best book about poetry…” Review of ‘On Poetry’ by Glyn Maxwell. 2012 Guardian review – Feb 2015
Wikipedia – a wealth of resources A page of helpful links added to the Poems Please Me main menu (above) and here. – Feb 2015
Shakespeare’s sonnets Thoughtful essay – in fact it’s a New York Times book review. NYT – Jan 2015
Rod McKuen – his 81 ‘Seasons in the Sun’ Prolific, award-winning songwriter/poet dies, aged 81.New York Times – Jan 2015
T S Eliot The young Eliot – a long (rather heavy) review of a long (rather heavy) book, in The Spectator – Jan 2015
Thomas Hardy Max Gate – Hardy’s town house (re-opens March) and nearby cottage (open all winter).Link to Telegraph article when house first opened to public and link to up-to-date National trust opening time, etc info. – Jan 2015
Nigerian poet Biko Agozino A 97-page anthology in’pidgin English’ about Nigeria. Daily Times (Nigeria) – Jan 2015
Patricia Smith Honours for poetry – a previously ‘inventive’, disgraced journalist. New York Times – Jan 2015
Indian poetry in English 11 new books to read in 2015. Reviews and brief poems. See article in ‘Scroll.in’ – Jan 2015
What is a ‘chapbook’? Strange, isn’t it, how you don’t know a word, then come across it twice within five minutes in completely different places? As a poet, and publicist, I was fascinated to discover ‘chapbook’. See Wikipedia illustrated page on chapbook – Jan 2015
Sex, violence and the sea ‘Mesmerisingly carnal’ says the reviewer… writing of Scottish poet Robin Robertson and a new book of poems. New York Times – Jan 2015
Paris. 6th January 2015. Mentally ill ‘worshippers’ strike again, in Paris. Many religious folk are genuine and wonderful – albeit slightly strange and scientifically irrational – whether it’s fumbling with beads, or kneeling in a mosque or shaking Church of England high-church censors or dressing in funny robes or calling yourself a bishop… and denying women the same right… or tinkering with children (thank you priests) – that is certainly not nice, but seemingly is practised by the ‘faithful’. For Christ’s or Muhammad’s sake… or for anyone else’s – get your act together and simply be kind, considerate and gentle. Here’s a link to a story about ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and cartoons.
5 British poets to watch in 2015 – an American critic’s view. Huffington Post – Jan 2015
Manohar Shetty Vivid, clear images from Goa. Link to review here: New Indian Express and/or READ A POEM (click on ‘Look inside’) from 12-poem Kindle sampler of his new book Living Room. – Jan ’15
T S Eliot BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 4th Jan 2015 at 5.30-6.45pm. ‘Words & Music’, readings by Simon Russell Beale, on 50th anniversary, to the day, of Eliot’s death.
Poetry by cats & dogs! Two US bestselling books (one shown right) NPR – Jan 2015
Bees. Alert to many poems about these vital creatures. Informed comments from The Guardian blog – Jan 2015
Seamus Heaney Two new hardbacks – too late to get as Xmas presents now, you’ll just have to buy for yourself, or borrow… The Independent (7/12/14) – Jan 2015
Famous poets’ personalized greetings cards Unusual cards & current NY exhibition described & illustrated in The Guardian blog – Dec 2014
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