a month of inspiration

January 2, 2021

Here is The Guardian’s 31-day literary diet for January, a day-by-day offering of poetry, film, stories, drama, etc., to guide you through the month.

yet more books…

November 17, 2020

Soon it will be “Best-of” season, but we are still finding lists of recommended poetry books for 2020:

Happy reading!

Since a lot of people seem to be writing about the elasticity of time in the current world, we offer this update:

Back in 2013, we posted news of a project underway at The Guardian: to assemble a list of 1,440 literary references, one per minute of the 24-hour day. The Guardian’s last posting on the project was in June 2014 and at that point there were still quite a few blank lines.

Dutch artist and journalist Jaap Meijers was inspired to use the literary data to create an actual clock, which he assembled from a Kindle. In 2018, he offered his how-to instructions in an Indestructables article.

Meanwhile, if you just want to know what time it is, you can click on Johannes Enevoldsen’s web version of the clock and you will get the closest approximation in local time, literally.

Since early April, poet Carol Ann Duffy has been choosing and posting poems from her library to comfort and inspire in times of isolation. Each Thursday, a new poem is published with minimal commentary in The Guardian’s Poems to get us through.

for the romantics…

May 25, 2020

In case you missed the story in The Guardian, or on social media, A love in verse is a 25-year, love-poem-a-day gift from Peter Gordon to his wife, Alison, and now to readers everywhere.

The Guardian is paying attention to poetry and offering bite-size review roundups of recent publications. Here’s “The best recent poetry” published in June, April, and March. Additional offerings from The Guardian include Poem of the Month, Poem of the week, and occasional poetic appearances on Book of the day. Have a look.


April 27, 2018

Since tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, 2018, is Independent Bookstore Day, here’s another book bit: an illustrated article on 10 of the world’s best book towns in The Guardian.

Check your local independent bookstore for tomorrow’s author appearances and other scheduled events.

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.

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.

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