Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Last call for poetry

Call for poetry (4 poems or less), images and reviews for the splendiferous Issue 5 of poetandgeek.com. Our sister publication or should that be mother?

The deadline for copy is the end of the month. And you can find more details and previous issues here http://www.poetandgeek.com/

Al primier get perda eu mon esparvier
que'l m'aucian el poing falcon lainier
e porton l'en, q'ieu'l lor veia plumar
s'ieu non am mais de vos lo cossierier
que de nuill' autra aver lo desirier
qe'm don s'amor ni'm reteigna al colgar.

Bertran de Born

Friday, 21 September 2012


Tantalising new book of ecopoetry which may end up in our beautiful books series...

Published by Two Ravens Press (an independent publisher of books and the Earthlines magazine). This has great contributors and ours is due to arrive end of September. Can't wait.

Order now here http://www.earthlines.org.uk/Entanglements.html.

And extra good reason to buy is that contributor royalties from sales of Entanglements will be donated to the John Muir Trust: www.jmt.org.

Occupy Poetry

And set up home there...

You can submit your work (don't think you have to be American although the flag is featured on the front page rather like Star Trek's mission statement):

OccuPoetry seeks poetry about economic justice/injustice, greed, protest, activism, and opportunity. Submissions need not be limited to Wall Street’s greed nor US-based poets; we consider the Occupy Movement a world-wide movement for a more just world.

OccuPoetry accepts formal and free-verse, mail art, and collage poetry. We use submishmash for submissions. Once the editors have received a critical mass of submissions, we plan to post a new poem three times a week. We review submissions weekly; response times may take up to a month.

Find out how here http://occupypoetry.org/

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Maak gedicht

Schrijf een gedicht with this cunning little poem generator.

It seems to have a Christmassy feel but as they are already selling chocolates with reindeers on here in Scotland: why not?

You can find out more here https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/poem?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon.

Light house

When we are feeling in need of a bit of peace and quiet we turn not to a poet house but to a lighthouse.

And in particular this one in Nova Scotia.

You can find more out why here http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/south-shore/peggys-cove-lighthouse.html.

Chrome poet apps

We have had a quick survey of the app store with the search term poet and this is what came up...

Everything from Browning, Tamil, Jewish and Dutch  inspiration and on to the inscrutable Panda poet...

You can find out more here 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dichter Haus

What is a poet's house like? We don't know. Or rather we cannot provide a set of rules. Probably you can answer that better yourself - especially if you live in one.

Is  there a special miasma that poets move slowly through? Are their objects redolent of poetic mood?

Or is just a nice comfy place to relax? or even a place to read poetry and perform?

We have featured a number of poet's houses here: Abbotsford, Brownsbank and Dove Cottages. Guess the occupants if you cannot remember. And we would be interested to hear about more.

Contact us at the usual address or send us a photo of your poet house.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Scottish by inclination

New Writing Scotland publishes works by writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination.

The deadline for next year's anthology is coming up at the end of the month and you can find full details of how to submit your work here http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/scotlit/asls/NWSsubs.html.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Arizona Poetry Center

Rich pickings awaiting you here and you can while away the start of a long weekend or a slow Friday at work picking through the alphabetised archive.

 "voca, the University of Arizona Poetry Center's Audio Video Library, features recordings from the Center's long-running Reading Series and other readings presented under the auspices of the Center."


You can find the main archive here http://voca.arizona.edu/ and you might check out Lawrence Ferlinghetti (including a marvellously ponderous schedule by A.N.Other) here http://voca.arizona.edu/index.php?reading_id=142.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Contemporary Bulgarian poets

Ivan Dimitrov and Virginia Zaharieva are included in this excellent overview of writers in Bulgarian - both are poets who also write in other disciplines; Dimitrov has a play open in NewYork currently.

This website is funded by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing, based in Sofia, Bulgaria, who call it "a literary platform which presents up-to-date profiles of living Bulgarian writers of fiction and short stories". Guess what a few poets have crept in there too....

Dimitrov, Ivan

You can find out more and, if you are a Bulgarian poet submit your own work, here http://www.contemporarybulgarianwriters.com/.

Dimtrov's play The Eyes of Others won the Shumen new play contest in Bulgaria and was selected from among hundreds of international plays to be read at the Lark Play Development Center’s 2012 hotINK Festival in New York. In September it becomes the first Bulgarian play to receive a major New York production. You can read more here http://offoffbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-First-Look-at-THE-EYES-OF-OTHERS-at-New-Ohio-Theatre-20120906#ixzz268mGgIMC.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Ted Hughes reads Pike live

...A pond I fished, fifty yards across, 
Whose lilies and muscular tench 
Had outlasted every visible stone 
Of the monastery that planted them- 

Stilled legendary depth: 
It was as deep as England. 

lines from Pike by Ted Hughes

A poem of suggestion and history - the predator we fear hunted by the predator we are.

Listen at the Poetry Archive here http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoem.do;jsessionid=8466765E5C73210549AEB5A01E47C291?poemId=7079. Poem starts about 1m 20s.

Acknowledgements to the Pike Pool for the image.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Poetry Garden Market 15th September London, England

...What wond’rous life in this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons as I pass,
Ensnar’d with flow’rs, I fall on grass...

lines from the Garden by Andrew Marvell

11am-9pm at Foyles at the sylvan Southbank Centre organised by Inpress Books to mark their 10th birthday.

More information available here http://www.inpressbooks.co.uk/news/were-10-come-celebrate-at-our-poetry-garden-market

Monday, 3 September 2012

Be like Wordsworth

...but not too much like him.

Opportunity for a residency at Grasmere, a fantastic stipend and a year of writing in one of the most beautiful places in the English Lake District. There are tourists here - quite a lot of them - and fighter jets practising ridge flight so you may not walk as lonely as you think.

But a good place to write.

More details available here https://www.wordsworth.org.uk/about-the-trust/poets-in-residence/residence2013.html

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Standing in the rain

...The busy falling rain increases now
And sopping leaves their dripping moisture pour
And from each loaded bough
Fast falls the double shower

Weed climbing hedges banks and meeds unmown
Where rushy fringed brooklet easy curls
Looks joyous while the rain
Strings their green suit pearls...

John Clare lines from The Summer Shower