Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Rhythm & Verse 14th June Titirangi New Zealand

Poets and music - always a nice combination - hosted as usual by Ila Selwyn.

David Parker and the Nukes amongst others support poetry from Jenny Clay; Mary Macpherson; Madeliene Slavick; and Zanni Yeah.

Zanni YEAH!

This event costs $5 (cash no cards - we're the people remember!) from 7.30pm (doors/bar open 7pm) on the Venue Top Floor, Lopdell House Gallery

More information can be found here

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Event reviews for

Been to a cool event that we should know about? Anywhere? In any language?


Just remember it needs to feature poetry...

btw is it your own event that you are promoting? That is cool too. But nothing over-unctuous.

Thanks. We look forward to hearing from you.

And thanks to Silver Spoon Sokpop for this image.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Vogon poetry generator

If you love Douglas Adams and Hitchhiker's like any true geek, you'll love this.

Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz

Anyone else may wonder why we've gone out of our way to generate auto poetry like this:

See, see the old sky
Marvel at its big beige depths.
Tell me, friend do you
Wonder why the genet ignores you?
Why its foobly stare
makes you feel slithery.
I can tell you, it is
Worried by your offddddog facial growth 
That looks like 
A mould. 
What's more, it knows
Your clart potting shed 
Smells of grass.
Everything under the big old sky
Asks why, why do you even bother?
You only charm my cats.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Vogon Poetry Slam for Geek Pride Day 25th May 2012 London England

Irresistible nerd poetry event with a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy theme. Vogon Poetry Slam for Geek Pride Day 2012. Like last year, but in a shiny new venue and improved infinitely by being on a Friday.

Tickets on sale now:  or turn up (see below).

The Vogon Poetry Slam has two categories:

* Nerdcore
* So-Bad-It’s-Good

£5 on the door (£3 if you're in costume or have your towel with you) at Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE London.

yes, I did meet Douglas Adams in Chicago and frightened the life out of him by saying I was "his biggest fan" just around the time of that Stephen King book. yes, I did do HDttG as my Mastermind subject at school. yes, he did "back away"...

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Lady of the lake by Walter Scott (ASLS 2010)

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The wrong word

Memorable or rememberable.

An earnest discussion ensues.

In fact, most people decided using the latter was just a sign of being badly educated. In fact, my spell checker is telling me so right now.

But is it?

Rememberable is a word. Acceptable and very common in the 19th century in Victorian English. Look in the OED. And quite usable.

Don't let the current usage mafia and spell checker get you down. Turn them off.

Decide when the wrong word is the right word. Write poetry.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Poetry in the barn 18th May 2012 Huntingdon, USA

Huntington Historical Society Barn, corner of High Street and New York Avenue in Huntington Village.

I fancy going to the historical barn a lot - in fact I would probably go with or without poetry reading. But barn and poetry is a win win situation. (And what's this Huntingdon was named the Budget Travel magazine's 5th Coolest Small Town in the United States in 2009.)

This event is tomorrow! 8pm EDT

Featuring Maria Manobianco, Paula Camacho and Helen R Peterson. Open mic, $5.

Photo by Lars Lentz

Monday, 14 May 2012

Poet and geek Ruth Aylett

Ruth Aylett is a poet and Professor of Computer Sciences in the School of Maths and Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. She researches intelligent graphical characters, affective agent models, human-robot interaction, and interactive narrative. She was a founder of the International Conference Intelligent Virtual Agents. She has more than 200 publications - book chapters, journals, and refereed conferences.

You can hear her work here and learn more about Ruth here

To feature on, check out

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Brazilian e-poetry portal

A wonderful resource compiled by Jorge Luiz Antonio; a perfect saturday afternoon exploration. Including Brazilian pioneers Erthos Albino de Souza (1932-2000), Luís Ângelo Pinto, João Coelho...


More from here

Picture Luis Angelo Pinto, "Poema Semiótico" (Brazil, 1965)

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Kreuzwort Berlin, Germany 14th May 2012

A great night planned by Kreuzwort who have become big fans of bananas and their contribution to philosophy and grammar.

Readers include Alexander GUMZ, Eberhard HÄFNER, Björn KUHLIGK and Marcus ROLOFF.

Location is the Damensalon, Reuterstraße 39, U7/8 Hermannplatz // U8 Schönleinstraße, M29/194 Pflügerstraße

Starts at 20 Uhr Damage: 3 €

More information here

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Tweet poetry project update

So far we at poetandgeek have called the shots with tweet poetry seen here but we would like to make a call for original tweet poetry to add to our site.

This is what you have to do.
  1. Tweet your tweet poetry
  2. Screen shot it.
  3. Crop it (we don't want your whole screen);
    under 100KB is good.
  4. Send to us.
  5. If we like it, we'll post it.

Over to you...

More about tweet poetry here

poetandgeek oral poetry project

  1. Record yourself reading your poem.
  2. Put it on YouTube or the site of your choice.
  3. Send us the link.
  4. We like it - we post it.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Jan Zwicky tweet poetry

Jan Zwicky (born 1955) is a Canadian eco-political and anti-colonial philosopher, poet, essayist, and violinist.

This is an extract from Zwicky's poem Transit from her book Forge published by Gaspereau Press 2011.

More information on Zwicky can be found here

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Poets n 'Pans *A Tapestry of Poets*, Prestonpans, Scotland 3rd June 2012

3 writing groups team up to bring you a brand new collaborative poetry performance event in celebration of the 3 Harbours Arts Festival. Tall tales, banter poetry, wild stories and writing of every description, this extra special performance afternoon will be featuring writers from all walks of life from 3 writing groups:

  • Tyne and Esk
  • Craigmillar Writers Group 
  • Inky Fingers 

All hosted for your delectation by the inimitable poet and gardener Colin Will from 1 until 7pm at the the award winning supporter of community arts venue Goth. Tickets which are free are available here .

Find out more here and here

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Dublin Writers Festival, Ireland June 2012

This event occurs in Dublin from the 4th until the 12th of June (Bloomsday) this year at a variety of venues.

You might want to check out James Fearnley with the story of the Pogues - he was a founder member.

You can find more about the Dublin Writers Festival here and Bloomsday here

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Global Poetry publishing opportunity

The Global Centre of Poetry is offering the chance to register and create your own free poetry website. Once you register and create your website, it will be accessible at:

(By registering, you agree to their terms of copyright, registration and usage. The copyright of all the original content posted by you will belong to you.)

You can find out more here