Letters, volume 1

November 14, 2017

Volume one of the Letters of Sylvia Plath has just been released by HarperCollins Publishers, an undertaking that The Guardian calls “tangled,” “fraught,” and “newsworthy.” This volume covers the period up to Plath’s marriage to Ted Hughes; a second volume is due next autumn.

The 1,424-page collection contains the full, unedited versions of Plath’s early letters (most from before she was 20). If that sounds daunting, Sarah Churchwell’s article in The Guardian may help.

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According to an uplifting article in The Guardian, poetry is thriving in Britain. Using the R-word (renaissance), the article states, “Poetry book sales have gone up by more than 50% in four years, while there are now more than 30 annual events devoted to celebrating spoken and written verse.” Read all about it.

books to watch for

February 11, 2017

New Poetry 2017

While you’re plowing through the books on the best-of lists from 2016, there are already plenty of new books in the pipeline.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly offers a list of 2017 poetry titles, without comment.

The Guardian provides a month-by-month calendar of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for 2017, and Andy Croft replies in a letter to the editor, concerned about the dearth of poetry titles on the list.

Writer David Nilsen offers his own list of 2017 Poetry Books I’m Excited About.

For NPR, poet and poetry critic Craig Morgan Teicher lists Poetry To Pay Attention To: A Preview Of 2017’s Best Verse.

That oughta keep you busy for a while.

more poetry on film

November 23, 2016

DIE GETRÄUMTEN (The Dreamed Ones)

Here’s another film for your watch-for-it list: DIE GETRÄUMTEN (The Dreamed Ones) is a “docudrama” in which two actors in a recording studio read from the dramatic exchange of poems, letters, postcards, telegrams and drafts between poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Through their reading, the actors’ own lives and stories become layered with those of the poets.

Referring to Bachmann and Celan as “the most important German poets of the second half of the 20th century,” director Ruth Beckermann calls theirs “a great modern love story.” Learn more on the film website or read a review in The Guardian.

reading up on love

January 22, 2016

love stamp 29cYou have just over three weeks to get your Valentine’s love poem written. So, by way of inspiration, we offer this article from The Guardian, which lists “the 50 greatest love poems of the last 50 years.”

poetry prompts

December 6, 2015

The Guardian UKIf you’re looking for an occasional prompt to send your poetry off in a different direction, consider Poster Poems from The Guardian. In the first week of each month, poet Billy Mills presents a theme along with a number of images and text references to poems and other writing on that theme. Visit the Poster Poems page to see monthly prompts back to April 2013.

March 21

As the media is all abuzz with the latest hashtag conversation one Seattle-born, now international, coffee megapower is attempting to initiate, it looks like the U.S. has missed the boat on “Pay with a Poem” — except for one coffee roaster in Chicago. The idea is that on World Poetry Day — tomorrow, Saturday, March 21 — you can get a cuppa and pay for it with a poem. Read the story in The Guardian.

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