Poetry News 2008


Winter issue 2007/8

Letter from the Director
Jules Mann details some of the events at the Buckingham Palace Poetry Day in October, welcomes new trustees and looks to National Year of Reading 2008.

Members' Poems
on the theme of 'War', selected by Mario Petrucci.

Cafe Events for January
Café Manager Ely Ahamed looks to the beginning of the New Year at the Poetry Café.

The day I read ... In memoriam, Private D. Sutherland
Robert Crawford reflects on a work by the Scottish war poet Ewart Alan Mackintosh (1893–1917).

Korrin Smith, Education Manager, and Angel Dahouk, Education Officer, report on Foyle Young Poets and Tales from Kenya.

Poetry In St Andrews
StAnza Festival Director, Brian Johnstone, casts the poetry net over the home town of Scotland's oldest university.

Close-up: Concrete Poetry
Gerry Cambridge considers poetry as a visual art in this assessment of Concrete – a genre with an interesting range of expression.

Publisher Portfolio: Picador
Sam Humphreys, Senior Editor at Picador, explains their poetry coverage.

The route to a first collection: Joanne Boulter
Joanna Boulter's first collection Twenty-four Preludes and Fugues on Dmitri Shostakovich marked the composer's 100th in 2006.

On the racks
The Poetry News magazine monitor no. 20: Blithe Spirit.

Spring  issue 2008

In the Spring 2008 Issue of Poetry News, we published a 'Publisher Portfolio' on Bluechome Press. In this feature, due to a subediting error, we described Patrick Osada as being part of the management team of The South (a literary arts agency) when in fact he is part of the management team of SOUTH, a poetry magazine for the southern counties, established in 1990. The editor apologises to all concerned for any confusion caused by this error.

Letter from the Director
Jules Mann on new staff changes and a focus on the Society's education work.

Members' Poems
on the theme of Ecology/The Environment, selected by Niall O'Sullivan.

Profile: Sinéad Morrissey
Former National Poetry Competition winner Colette Bryce interviews this year's winner.

Sean O'Brien: The Long Game
Last year, Sean O'Brien won the Forward Prize for Best Collection as well as the T S Eliot Prize and a Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Award. Fiona Sampson finds there's nothing overnight about his recent astonishing successes.

The Day I Read... Sea Grapes
Robert Minhinnick on how Derek Walcott inspired him to reassess the classics.

Close-up: Blank Verse and the Conversation Poem
Simon Smith on how iambic pentameter makes echoes back through the canon.

Glasgow: Sparkling City of Poets
James McGonigal on the city's outward-looking poetic tradition.

Publisher Portfolio: bluechrome
Anthony Delgado tells Poetry News about the challenges of running an independent poetry press.

The route to a first collection: Kathryn Simmonds
Kathryn Simmonds's Sunday at the Skin Launderette was published in January this year.

On the racks: The Poetry News magazine monitor no. 21: Envoi
Editor Jan Fortune-Wood gives an insight into selection criteria and editorial direction.

Summer  issue 2008

Letter from the Director

The Hamish Canham Poetry Prize 2008
Carole Satyamurti introduces the winner and reports on the judging process.

Members' Poems on the theme of 'The Dance', selected by Roddy Lumsden.

Profile: Kate Fox
The BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live! poet talks to Janet Phillips about live broadcasts and last-minute inspiration.

The Day I Read... The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Rommi Smith on finding Gil Scott-Heron's iconoclastic performance piece in her local library, at the tender age of 14.

Close-up: What is a Prose Poem?
Carrie Etter examines Carolyn Forché's 'The Colonel'.

Summer reading
Anne Rouse, Tishani Doshi, John Mullan, Moniza Alvi, Joanna Boulter, Richard Fortey, Chloe Doyle, Deryn Rees-Jones, John Stammers and others on what to pack for the beach or the park . 

The route to a first collection: Stephen Wilson
How Stephen Wilson found his route to publication after reading Poetry News.

Publisher Portfolio: tall-lighthouse
Poetry News talks to Les Robinson, Director of tall-lighthouse, about a new model for poetry publishing.

Transforming a First Draft
Emma Danes on how she re-worked her poem, 'Physio', after receiving feedback via the Poetry Society's Poetry Prescription service.

On the Racks: The Poetry News magazine monitor no.22: Poetry London
Poetry News
talks to Poetry London editor Maurice Riordan on the occasion of the magazine's sixtieth issue. 

Autumn issue 2008

Letter from the Director

National Poetry Day 2008
Jo Bell on the annual, nation-wide celebration of poetry.

Plus: Four poets discuss the Day Job.

Members Poems on the theme of Work, selected by Clare Pollard.

Rearing Poetry
Angel Dahouk on children's poetry: old favourites and new developments.

The Day I Read... Rain by Raymond Carver
Kate Rhodes

Close-up: Imagery
Pascale Petit examines this crucial element in poetry.

The route to a first collection: Simon Barraclough
Simon Barraclough talks about his Forward short-listed Los Alamos Mon Amour.

Poetry in Suffolk
Dean Parkin on the Aldeburgh Poetry Trust and more.

Publisher Portfolio: Smokestack
Andy Croft on his growing poetry press.

On The Racks
SOUTH magazine