Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Almost last call for poetandgeek competition 2013

The deadline for entries is 30th August 2013 and winners will be notified by the end of September. Winning entries will be published in Issue 7. Not to mention the gloire. Entry is free.

  • Poems on the subjects of woods must be 40 lines or less.
  • Poems in English.
  • Poems must be unpublished and not under consideration.
  • Send in body of email. Or by post.
  • Judges' decision is final.

Did we mention closing date is end of August?...just a month to go now.

Shout out for poetry Issue 7 2013

Lots of lovely poetry has been arriving for Issue 7 but we want more. Please send us your poetry. (We know you may be on holiday but surely you are bored with all that leisure by now...)

Deadline for copy is September 30th 2013. You can find more details and examples of the magazine here

Rumi festival 2- 4th August 2013 Hawick, Scotland

Not a million miles away from p&g  HQ, reed flute from Kudsi Erguner, acclaimed master of the Turkish Ney, Whirling Dervish Sema with musicians direct from Istanbul and the vastearth orchestra choir to sing a specially composed piece with words by Rumi accompanied by rock legend Arthur Brown or dance with award winning Scottish folk musician Mairi Campbell. And most of all listen to regular recitations of poetry, by Rumi or inspired by him, in the poet’s tent.

Good food and convivial company near Hawick on the Chisholme Estate, home to the Beshara School, a 200 acre estate in the moors of the Scottish Borders.

You can find out more here

Friday, 26 July 2013

Call for submissions – no man’s land # 8

poetandgeek has been translating Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen by Katharina Hagena but if you are working on something more adventurous...

"Vom Schlafen und Verschwinden" von Katharina Hagena (Bild: Verlag: Kiepenheuer & Witsch)

Contemporary German-language fiction and poetry in English translation. The deadline is September 15, 2013.

More information here and

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Riverbank listening 02

I have walked the dry Huntlyburn before. (It loses it water to farming needs in a reservoir further up each year.)

This poem first appeared in Northwords Now.

The burn bed

The sheets are pulled back
leaving a scuff of algae
like the velvet jacket
on the back of a drunk.

The stepping stones of the ford
mosaic the mud
for a generation.

That last pool endured
days of scum and midge
pokes for fry
until it too was dry.

Desert scrolls and stones
litter this new path
beneath meadowsweet walls;
the depth of the pot

attracts a shoal of blackbirds
to hoe its moist furrows.

I wake myself to follow.

© Bridget Khursheed

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Riverbank listening 01

I have been working on this project around about 6pm at the junction of the Huntlyburn and the Tweed.

The Huntlyburn is dry and the Tweed flowing.

An opportunity to follow the Huntlyburn tributary riverbed now a path with large cobbles moving and clattering beneath my feet.

Sandmartins whose nest entrances I can now see fly in arcs above. Grass and thick vegetation moves swishing and pulled by the breeze the main river sucks towards it. And the oystercatchers - followers of Bridget - call in alarm as I stravaig through their territory.

A drainage pipe marks the join between wet and dry river beds. And the water of the Tweed flows with a fast fluent sound; and a bass note of glugs as the water passes over the pipe.

How many notes does water flow contain?

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Scots Leid

A beautiful poem in Scots from Sheila Templeton can be found at the Scots Language Centre. The list of flowers - the lupins, roses, fennel, lilies and sedums - and the suggestion of spells and fires reminds p&g of St John's night in Vigo...

On Midsimmer Eve (Extract)

I winna seek tae meet my luve
lik ither lasses. Nae for me
the midnicht runes, the folded
fresh plucked rose, garlands
o lang fennel, orpine, green birks
decked wi lilies, the giddy loupin
ower the boon fires.

(Lots of other resources if you want to find out more about Scots too including latest news and blogs.)

Read the full poem and find out more here

Sunday, 14 July 2013

PNG bilum

How grandfather’s bilum, which
Across my father’s bare chest,
In a loving embrace slung.
Like the Leleki baskets’ blest
How while so pregnant swung.

 Extract from My grandfather's bilum by Jeffrey Febi 

p&g has a bilum in the house and come to think of it - we probably all do. Like the one described in this poem.

Read the full text here

A bilum is a type of woven bag in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia (known as a dillybag).

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Riverbank listening – a world listening day project

An epically poetandgeek kind of way to spend Thursday week by listening to a river and writing about it.

Do you want to join international artists and environmentalists in a global listening project? People from all over the world are invited to spend some time during the day listening to their environment, be it urban, rural or wilderness.

Are you interested in contributing to a creative celebration of the River Tweed and its tributaries or of your own nearest river system?

Celebrate world listening day on the 18th July in this case by lying down by a river junction pool and writing down what you hear...

You can find out more here

Friday, 5 July 2013


distant yet never so close
we walk a sinking earth
lying down on her or simply standing
we feel the bucking of time...

Read the full poem here

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Poetry house 03

Over to New York for the delicious Poets House...don't overlook Bill Murray reading Wallace Stevens among many other and open to the public might be another factor worth mentioning.

Visit NYC poetry library, poetry collection in new york, american poets

Full details here

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Poetry house 02

The rather wonderful world of Jenny Lewis can be found in Oxford. Classes and the river and well, Oxford...

More information here

Monday, 1 July 2013

Poetry house 01

The Lower Gallery of LH in London is where it is at - regular poetry readings and you can set up a reading yourself -  Katherine Ives is the woman to speak to and she welcomes enquiries from any poets interested in reading their work.

Lauderdale House

Find out more about the schedule here