March 28, 2017
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.
February 11, 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.
November 23, 2016
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.
January 22, 2016
You 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.”
December 6, 2015
If 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 20, 2015
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.
June 27, 2014
Nearly a year ago, we posted about the Literary Clock, an ambitious undertaking of The Guardian (UK). Launched in 2011, the project is still attempting to find a literary quote (including poetry, of course) that cites a particular hour and minute for every one of the 1,440 minutes in the 24-hour day. The clock, which is live online, provides the relevant quote at the exact minute it cites (to see a new quote, wait for the second hand to sweep the new minute).
Starting at about 9:00 a.m., there are quotes for nearly every minute, but in those early-morning hours between midnight and 9 there are still many quoteless minutes. Have a look at The Guardian’s updated chart of missing minutes and keep an eye on the clock as you dive into your summer reading.