Poetry News 2007

Contents

Winter issue 2006/7

Letter from the Director
Jules Mann celebrates the relaunch of www.poetrysociety.org.uk and looks ahead to 2007

New poetry titles for 2007
David Lea of the London Review Bookshop looks at some major anniversaries, debuts and translations due in 2007

Trusting the process
Linda Black won this year's New Writing Ventures Poetry Award. Here she tells Janet Phillips about her life as an artist and her introduction to poetry.

Members' Poems
on the theme of 'Windows', selected by Sue Hubbard 

Favourite Last Lines
Readers share their best-loved endings

Loose Muse
Jess York on a regular event for women poets at the Poetry Cafe

The day I read ... Helsinki Window
Mario Petrucci describes the impact of a late night encounter with the Black Mountain poets

How to survive a poetry tour
Polar Bear, aka Steve Camden, on the experience of touring the UK with five poets in the Apples and Snakes production, Exposed

Poetry In Berlin
Alistair Noon on border-crossings and new poetry ventures

Close-up: Crafting the villanelle
Robert Saxton on resonance and revision

Publisher Portfolio: Donut Press
Poetry News talks to Donut's founder, Andy Ching

Poetry in Belfast
Ruth Carr on a poetry renaissance in Northern Ireland's first city

The route to a first collection: Anne Ryland
Anne Ryland's Autumnologist (Arrowhead) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best first collection 2006

On the racks
The Poetry News magazine monitor no. 16: The Wolf

Spring issue 2007

Letter from the Director
Jules Mann gives a bird's-eye view of what happens in the Poetry Society offices from December to February

Interview with Mike Barlow: Winner of the National Poetry Competition 2007
The winners of the National Poetry Competition 2007 were announced at a prize-giving party at Dr Johnson's House on 23 March. Here Lisa Roberts talks to the first prize-winner, Mike Barlow. Below, we profile the second and third prize-winning poets

Dance and Discipline: Inteview with Tishani Doshi
Prize-winning poet Tishani Doshi tells Janet Phillips about the extraordinary meeting which influenced her first collection

Members' Poems on the theme of 'Shoes', selected by Jacob Ross

The Day I Read ... The Send-Off
Jacob Polley describes how WIlfred Owen's poem set him off on a journey of his own

Close-up: Auden and Ballads
Eva Salzman marks the centenary of W H Auden's birth with an analysis of 'As I Walked Out One Evening'

Publisher Profile
Joanthan Morley talks about the founding of the press and a new series of books to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain

The route to a first collection
Ian Gregson's Call Centre Love Song (Salt) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best first collection 2006

On the racks
The Poetry News magazine monitor no.17: Scintilla

Summer issue 2007

Letter from the Director
Jules Mann highlights new Society staff, Rise Slam, the Popescu Prize, podcasting poetry and Poetry Review

The Hamish Canham Prize 2007
Carole Satyamurti reports on this year's contenders and announces the winner

Recommended Summer Reads
With the holiday season upon us poets and members put forward their must-reads for lazy days

Members' Poems
on the theme of 'beaches', introduced by Colette Bryce

Profile: Podcasting Poetry
Tom Chilvers discusses a new avenue for reaching poetry audiences, with the Poetry Society's Director Jules Mann.

Close-up: Voice
Peter Sansom investigates the notion of the 'not-monologue' and the duality of poets' assumed identities

The Day I Read ... To the Etruscan Poets
Gillian Clarke reflects on the evanescence of language evoked in Richard WIlbur's poem

Poetry in Herefordshire
Poet Paul Henry, who plays an active part in the Herefordshire poetry scene, gives an outsider's view of poetry across the county

Publisher Profile: The Waywiser Press
Philip Hoy, Editor at Waywiser, talks about helping poets get a foot in the door

The route to a first collection
Annie Freud's The Best Man That Ever Was (Picador) appeared in May

On the racks: The Dark Horse
Poetry News profiles the Scotland-based journal focusing on British and American poetry

Autumn issue 2007

Letter from the Director
Jules Mann welcomes the Society's new General Manager and highlights Stanza activity, the Popescu Prize, National Poetry Day and the National Poetry Competition.

Corneliu M Popescu Prize 2007
Lisa Roberts reports on this year's shortlist and winner, Ilmar Lehtpere's translation of Kristiina Ehin's The Drums of Silence

National Poetry Day 2007
Jo Bell talks to Jules Mann about her thoughts behind this year's ethos and events

Members' Poems
on the theme of 'dreams', introduced by Gearoid Mac Lochlainn

Rumi and the Environment
In Rumi's 700th anniversary year Raficq Abdulla considers his philosophy and modern environmental issues in the world of poetry

Close up: The Couplet
Andy Brown shows how the form's ancient but commanding simplicity remains popular with poets to this day

The Day I Read ... Letter in November
Carol Rumens visits a poem she often returns to, explores its depths and reflects on some of the images and colours within it

Poetry in West Yorkshire
Bruce Barnes, Poetry Society Stanza Rep for Bradford, attempts to rein in the myriad poetry happenings around and about his area

Publisher Profile: Hearing Eye
Publisher John Rety talks about the organic process that led to setting up Hearing Eye by the Torriano Meeting House

The route to a first collection
Maggie's Butt's new Lipstick centres on resilience, an apt theme for the business of getting read and heard as a poet today

On the racks: Dream Catcher
The twice-yearly illustrated poetry and short stories journal.