Monthly Archives: March 2011

Japan, Libya, and counting blessings with Jodi Ann Bickley

Anyone who’s been keeping an eye on Japan or Libya knows that the world can still surprise us in its cruelty. It’s a mark of the most talented of poets that they can find the words to draw hope from horror, which is why I am sending you a piece that was written the last ...

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REMINDER: Poejazzi 2011: 01 Feat Kadija, Warsan, Kiki, and Bridget

“London’s premier spoken word and music night” – The Southbank Centre TimeOut Critic’s Choice No.1   Five-Star Review at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2007&2008) Hi all, Just a quick reminder of Poejazzi on Sunday 27 March; where we’ll be hearing from Kadija Kamara (www.kadijakamara.com), exceptional poets Warsan Shire and Bridget Minamore, and, in TimeOut’s words,  Kiki Investigates.  The price is ...

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Guest Post from Byron Vincent: “Do You Like Music?”

Are you a poet? Are you a page poet? Are you a spoken word artist? Are you a stand up poet? Are you a literary theatre practitioner? Are you an MC? Are you serious!? Political? Confessional? Observational? Comedic? Do you set fire to turnips and spell out haikus by using them as fire poi? Does ...

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Guest Post from Alex Iamb: “Quality Control”

This isn’t about you. It’s about me. It’s not about getting anything off your chest, it’s not about the cathartic experience you go through on stage, I don’t care. I don’t want to know. I’ve paid for this shit, so to me – your audience – this is about me. My entertainment, my amusement, my ...

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Guest Post: Stephen Murphy featuring R.S. Thomas

I have known poetry longer than I have known language. I was born into it. In those early summers, still in my mother’s arms in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, the ocean recited its rhythmic verses and they have stayed ingrained in my idea of sentience since. My childhood memories recall the coach-loads of Yeats’ enthusiasts arriving ...

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Guest Post: Anna Warrington, W.H. Auden and “The Poetry of Delight”

Poetry is one of the ways I attempt make sense of the world and seek to understand its heady variousness. At the moment the news is full of upheaval and change – some seems welcome and long overdue; some appearing as if it might herald the apocalypse. I find myself in a whirl of conflicting ...

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Stephen Murphy & W.B. Yeats vs. The Irish Credit Crunch

It’s probably no more than a coincidence – probably – but two of the best pieces of social commentary that I have seen in the last couple of years have been written by Irish poets. First there was Anna Warrington’s “Reasons for Leaving”, which we shared with you earlier this week; and then there is ...

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Political Poetry: Anna Warrington, “Reasons for Leaving”

With the Arab revolution now moving onto Libya, its seeds having been sown in Tunisia with the death of Mohammed Bouazizi, the world’s media is again alive to the power of public protest. The role of poets in this uniquely high-tech protest, which has seen brave souls in town squares supported by their fellow citizens ...

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