Thursday, 28 June 2012

Poetics of the motorway London England 4th July 2012

Lots going on in London at the moment connected to the poetry parnassus.

This has taken my fancy. It could take place anywhere at any time. But it is from 8pm. Free entry but you need to book quick by emailing

History, influence and poetics of the motorway: the launch of In the Company of Ghosts: the Poetics of the Motorway (Erbacce Press), readers include architect Will Alsop, academic David Lawrence, poet Andrew Taylor and Reverend John Davies, who walked the length of the M62 from Hull to Liverpool.

You can find out more here:

Sunday, 24 June 2012

How to do nerdcore poetry?

Nerdcore has been casting its spell over the world - well over us actually - and as a result we share with you some nerdcore poems.

Please alert us to any finer examples...

And for a more nerdy detail and research here on Facebook

Find us on Facebook at at the sign of the ice capybara.

See you there! For the same and more...

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Cemetery poet walk London England 24th June 2012

Something to bring out the goth in us all: the opportunity to meet at the cemetery gates before getting hit by a double decker bus (or not preferably)...

Highgate Cemetery 2pm - 4.30pm £20 (includes entry fee) -quite expensive when compared with what we usually feature here. Poet Ben Rogers walks with the departed in a workshop that responds to, and creates ideas prompted by the atmosphere and stories found within this graveyard. Contact to book.

If you can't afford this, try going to your own burial ground for free: I used to favour St Sepulchre's in the Jericho district of Oxford, England. Tucked behind Lucy's factory where the metalwork fires burnt out in the darkness.

St Sepulchre's cemetery, Walton Street, Oxford - - 267891.jpg

'He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife.  Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.' - our old friend Douglas Adams

More here

btw Keats and Yeats are on your side

Monday, 18 June 2012

Good source

When we are thinking that the spice is going out of our poetry life, we turn to Poetry Kit - the very excellent website of all things poetry.

No frills - great info. (And they have a magazine).

Find out more here

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Poetry International Festival Rotterdam Netherlands June 2012

This is mid-way through but still time to see great poets.

For the 43rd year in a row, the Poetry International Festival:  this year's theme is the very geek friendly unfinished and incomplete poetry.

The festival will run from the 12 to 17 June 2012.

Line up includes poet and geek favourites:

Chus Pato from Galicia in Spain, Croatian-born poet Tomaž Šalamun (from Slovenia), Indian poet K. Satchidanandan and B. Zwaal from the Netherlands. And so many more. Thank you to our friend Tsead Bruinja for alerting us to this one!

More information here on a great site that says a lot about all the poets too

Anabel Torres tweet poetry

Anabel Torres (1948-) born in Bogotá, Colombia is a poet and translator. She has won major prizes and published several books including Las bocas del amor (1982). She has lived in New York. She now works in the Netherlands.

Anabel Torres

The tweet poem is from her work The Eskimo's Woman.

More information available here

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Deer path

I have been camping in some industrial land overgrown with dock, sorrel, bracken and gorse; it’s been left empty so long that its cleared spaces - once home to big worksheds of I hope not too chemical a nature - have become nature reserve. Bullrushes in machinery extraction pit, owls on the remaining gantry sentinel and deer on the line of brown young growth.

Each morning and evening I remind myself that they are not always there. And then there they are again.

The by-pass runs close and headlights keep me company in the late evening when it finally gets dark. In the morning it is speckled with wild lupins and a big red buzzard does its round or sits in a carved out shape on a fence post.

Then rush hour changes everything.

The deer tried to cross at this time and with inches to spare jumped and scrambled through the lupins to the otherside farmland.

The buzzard doesn't care. It is always there. Looking. Like me.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

John Cooper Clarke Taunton England 15 June 2012

Punk Poet and Bard of Salford: John Cooper Clarke has been a distinctive voice since the 70s releasing albums and being a general dude.

John Cooper Clarke - Brewhouse Theatre Events

Good stuff for Somerset and those who choose to visit the Coal Orchard around about 7.45pm. Tickets £16 but schools can get in for £7.50?! New material as well as old favorites, plus special guest.

More information here

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Smrt Múz

Marie Michlová's novel ("Death of Muses") about the Scottish poet Walter Scott, his family, J.G. Lockhart, James Hogg, Lord Byron, Benjamin Disraeli etc. was published last week. Read it if you can. There is no English translation on the cards yet so I encourage someone with a good head on their shoulders to get it translated from Czech into as many languages as possible, publish it and make a lot of money. It is a one off. The next Wolf Hall. Don't forget to buy the film rights too...

Smrt Múz

Michlova herself is a Scott geek - I have learned more from her about his life than anyone else in spite of her youth - and such obsession earns her place here: she says "I had been working on [Smrt Múz] for eight years (since I was 15-years-old) and it was not an easy task at all because I wanted to make all my heroes as real as possible, so for example everything what my heroes say in the novel are their authentic quotes (taken from their letters, journals etc.)." btw it's Lockhart's self-portrait on the cover

You can find more about the novel here:

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Map of poets

I like the idea of a world of poets. And so here is our own updated.

Painting of a stylized building, showing Ghazan kneeling and accepting conversion

Visitors to come from:

1. Australia
2. Tunisia
3. Sweden
4. United States
5. Brazil
6. Bangladesh
7. Spain
8. Singapore
9. Russia
10. Canada
11. France
12. China
13. Mauritius
14. United Kingdom
15. Iran
16. Mexico
17. Austria
18. Malaysia
19. Belarus
20. Netherlands
21. Suriname
22. Serbia
23. Turkey
24. Cambodia
25. Estonia
26. Ireland
27. Hong Kong
28. Denmark
29. New Zealand
30. South Africa
31. Belgium
32. South Korea
33. Ukraine
34. Switzerland
35. India
36. Vietnam
37. Israel
38. Sierra Leone
39. Italy
40. Yemen
41. Isle of Man
42. Philippines
43. Czech Republic
44. Finland
45. Germany
46. Uzbekistan
47. Colombia
48. Bosnia and Herzegovina
49. Indonesia
50. Greece
51. Mongolia
52. United Arab Emirates
53. Hungary
54. Latvia
55. Venezuela
56. Nigeria
57. El Salvador
58. Nepal
59. Tanzania
60. Pakistan
61. Paraguay
62. Lithuania
63. Uganda
64. Bulgaria
65. Senegal
66. Iraq
67. Poland
68. Macedonia (FYROM)
69. Portugal
70. Chile
71. Romania
72. Croatia
73. Kenya
74. Guatemala
75. Oman
76. Japan
77. Argentina
78. Jamaica
79. Haiti
80. Kuwait
81. Cyprus
82. Slovakia
83. Zambia
84. Norway
85. Georgia
86. Taiwan
87. Qatar
88. Thailand
89. Cameroon
90. Micronesia
91. Azerbaijan
92. Gabon
93. Bolivia
94. Palestine
95. Costa Rica
96. Liechtenstein
97. Peru
98. Iceland
99. Ecuador
100. Egypt
101. Botswana
102. Sudan
103. Ghana
104. Curaçao
105. Uruguay
106. Puerto Rico
107. Zimbabwe

(Source blogger methodology)

Monday, 4 June 2012

The hedgehog way

Part of my new urban home involves walking.

It is not usual for me to meet people on my treks in the forest. So here I keep my walks to dusk and dawn.

My circuits take me to the edge of neat estates. An alley or a wynd spits me past a new lawn and children's toys. It must be an old road. The remnants of a track where sheep were driven into the city and stopped to munch on hawthorn, dead nettle, bramble and sticky willie erupting from the ditch.

Sometimes I pass through an old industrial lot. Nothing fancy. The pre-fab office shards its papery walls. Odd objects - an iron, plastic flowers - sit on what might have been desks or workbenches. White collar? Blue collar? All the same.

If I need to walk in the day I have found a path between double hedges in an older part of the town. Shrubbed houses. Lilac. Laburnum. All the aliens the Victorians bought. This space between the hedges circuits a number of houses these days. Then I suppose it was one big garden it hid.

The grass is long like the grass will be under the pines. In my wood on the hill back home. Thick with incongruous rape seed escapees, patches of forget-me-not and the fleshy leaves of foxglove. The thin overgrown path is topped with intergrown twigs. But some hard-working gardener must have been cutting it until very recently - twenty years back? - for it not to be entirely lost.

The grass is snaked with tunnels. Hedgehog paths especially where bluebell leaves still show. Seeking slugs.

I follow their ways at dusk and dawn.

Thanks to bdk for this photo

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Women's poetry competition

Fine prizes from the Mslexia poetry competition for women judged by Gillian Clarke.

Deadline 18th June 2012. £7 for up to three poems. 2K 1st prize...

Mslexia Poetry Competition 2012

More here

Poetry Parnassus London England June 2012

This event runs from 26th June until Sunday 1st July.

The world’s poets are coming to London – again. So if you happen to be in London: meet them, hear them and celebrate with them at Southbank Centre. There are over 100 free events, activities and workshops happening every day throughout the festival. Claims to be "the largest poetry festival ever staged".

Featuring worldwide poets including Melisa Machado, Didier Awadi, Qassim Haddad, Ketty Nivyabandi-bikura and Karen Solie. Pretty cool stuff...

More information avaiilable here and map of poets here

Friday, 1 June 2012

Beautiful books 03

Les fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire translated by Richard Howard Harvester Press 1982 (wonderful artwork by Michael Mazur).