Friday, September 06, 2013

Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous

"An intimate and original look at Seamus Heaney, the man and the artist. The film explores the key personal relationship in Heaney's life, that with his wife Marie, and follows him to Harvard, New York and London, to readings, signings and public interviews." Video: RTÉ Player. Available till 21 September 2013.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Poetry from each olympic nation - interactive map

Poems extracted from The World Record: International Voices from Poetry Parnassus, edited by Neil Astley and Anna Selby, published by Bloodaxe Books and Southbank Centre at £10 on June 26 2012. Of the featured poets, 145 will be at the week-long Poetry Parnassus as part of Southbank Centre's Festival of the World. (Guardian)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sixty years in poems

Carol Ann Duffy invites leading poets to recall a year in verse

Here and there a bit cluttered by the "We Didnt' Start The Fire" type snippets, perhaps. Still fascinating to see what they make of the challenge.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Listen to readings of Philip Larkin by...

"... Like the clientele of a hyper-exclusive café, the evening’s readers—James Fenton, Saskia Hamilton, Mary Karr, Nick Laird, Katha Pollitt, Paul Simon, and Zadie Smith among them—sat in threes around small tables up on stage and took turns approaching the lectern to read a Larkin poem of choice. ..."

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Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Forward poetry prize at 20

Photograph by Gallo Images/Getty Images

The Guardian | Books

"Set up to bring greater attention to contemporary poetry, the Forward prize celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. Fellow poets and writers pay tribute to those who have won the Best Collection"

As well commentary by other poets for each year, this epic feature also has links to poetry from all the garlanded books and more.

Monday, January 24, 2011

TS Eliot prize for poetry | Excerpts

TS Eliot prize for poetry | Books |

Poetry from the 2010 TS Eliot Prize short list - a generous ten excerpts and more than one poem from each. For the links please visit the Guardian page.

Human Chain by Seamus Heaney
New Light for the Old Dark by Sam Willetts
Seeing Stars by Simon Armitage
The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson
What the Water Gave Me by Pascale Petit
You by John Haynes
Rough Music by Fiona Sampson
White Egrets by Derek Walcott
Phantom Noise by Brian Turner
The Mirabelles by Annie Freud

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Paul Celan in Mapesbury Road

BBC iPlayer

"What brought one of the most compelling modern European poets to a perfectly ordinary street in North London? Who did he visit there? And what made him write a poem about the experience? The writer, Toby Litt, investigates this most improbable of brief encounters between Paul Celan, the master elegist of 20th century Jewish experience and Britain at the end of the Sixties."

Available until 12:02pm Tue, 26 Oct 2010
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 11:30am Tue, 19 Oct 2010
Duration 30 minutes

Monday, October 11, 2010

On Ted Hughes's 'Last Letter' to Sylvia Plath

Books | "Critic and friend of both Plath and Hughes Al Alvarez ponders the rather 'uncooked' poem published for the first time last week"

The John Donne poem referred to in the article: A NOCTURNAL UPON ST. LUCY'S DAY, BEING THE SHORTEST DAY. It is a long poem, here are four lines from it:

Study me then, you who shall lovers be
At the next world, that is, at the next spring ;
For I am every dead thing,
In whom Love wrought new alchemy.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Unlock the mathematical secrets of verse

National Poetry Day: unlock the mathematical secrets of verse - Telegraph: "Robert Frost put it neatly when he wrote that 'Poetry without rules is like tennis without a net'. Poetry, in other words, is mathematics. It is close to a particular branch of the subject known as combinatorics, the study of permutations..." (Steve Jones)

Steve Jones makes poetry sound rather bloodless. If he wrote something it would be as solid as a concrete block and would float likewise, I think. Includes a nice quote from Robert Frost: 'Poetry without rules is like tennis without a net'.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Saturday poem

'A human head . . .' by Edwin Morgan

The Guardian continues to provide marvellous examples from modern poets. Follow this link to find more.