Thursday 30 September 2010
When one of last year's Eliot Prize judges commented on the breadth of the shortlist, when another poet commented on the impressive range of the Ted Hughes Award shortlist, I laughed, as the breadth of each seemed about the width of my thumbnail.
Now comes an outstanding "colloquy of poets" at the University of Hull this November, where Philip Gross and Tony Lopez have each invited four favourite poets to read with them in a wonderful array of readers and poetries: John Burnside, Kelvin Corcoran, Peter Manson, Daljit Nagra, Denise Riley, Zoe Skoulding, Carol Watts, and Susan Wicks. Unfortunately, the event is the same weekend as the National Association for Writers in Education annual conference, so I'll miss it, but if you'd like to attend (and report back?), you can find further details here--just scroll down to 13-14 November.
Wednesday 29 September 2010
In Inpress's September newsletter, Julia Copus recommends The Tethers alongside Catherine Smith's The Butcher's Hands, Carol Ann Duffy's Mean Time, and Selima Hill's Gloria: Selected Poems. Hurrah!
Monday 27 September 2010
Sunday 26 September 2010
Friday 24 September 2010
Thursday 23 September 2010
Having returned from the States on Tuesday and thinking last night about how much the earlier dark affected me, I was reading Carol Rumens' new book, De Chirico's Threads, and came across this poem. I appreciate its density, how much it suggests about the nuances of living with changing light and time, and the straightforward, but not every line, rhyme. I love the opening phrase, "Atrophied days"--that's exactly right, it seems to me.
Atrophied days begin with too much light,
Cut teeth too soon, develop, and start dying
Too young. They leave us to negotiate
The road that steepens after clocks start lying
Perhaps, though, they were lying earlier?
We've put them back for synchronicity
With our sweet flaws: the legless sleeps, the dither,
The touching faith in electricity.
De Chirico's Threads
(Seren Books, 2010)
You can buy De Chirico's Threads at a 20% discount directly from the publisher.
Wednesday 22 September 2010
Tuesday 21 September 2010
Wednesday 15 September 2010
Friday 10 September 2010
Thursday 9 September 2010
Tuesday 7 September 2010
Monday 6 September 2010
Wednesday 1 September 2010
I'm off to London shortly for tonight's event at The Poetry Library, "What Every Woman Would Carry: Women's Poetry Anthologies," moderated by Dr Jane Dowson, author of A Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century British Women's Poetry; my fellow panelist is Maura Dooley, editor of Making for Planet Alice: New Women's Poetry (Bloodaxe, 1997). Thoughts?