Advice for blocked writers and aspiring poets from a Nobel Prize winner’s newspaper column.
Selections from columns originally published in the Polish newspaper Literary Life. In these columns, famed poet Wislawa Szymborska answered letters from ordinary people who wanted to write poetry. Translated by Clare Cavanagh.

www.poetryfoundation.org/features/articles/detail/68657

 

 

Do you say ‘weep’ ever – except inside a poem?

Helena Nelson discusses the issue of using 'poetic' words when writing poems.

www.happenstancepress.com/index/reining-in-the-high-horse

 

 

The first three or four lines of a poem are make-or-break territory. If you hook the reader firmly at the start, they’ll follow you willingly right through to the very last syllable.

www.happenstancepress.org/how-not-to-begin-a-poem

 

 

You have a poetry pamphlet in print. So what next? Poets both crave and fear reviews but mainly they needn’t lose sleep. ‘Publishing a volume of verse’, as Don Marquis notably remarked, ‘is like dropping a rose petal into the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.’

www.happenstancepress.org/how-to-get-your-pamphlet-reviewed

 

 

Lunar Poetry podcast about poetry and spoken word in Bristol and Bath featuring David Turner talking to Lucy English, Clive Bernie and Rebecca Tantony.

www.soundcloud.com/spoken-word-in-bristol-bath

 

 

'Poetry is a mix of clarity and mystery. It’s important to know when to be clear and when to be mysterious.'

Billy Collins interviewed by Daniel Asa Rose for Observer Culture online.

www.observer.com/2016/10/billy-collins

 

 

Jason Schneiderman, author of Primary Source and other books, discusses how mixing fact and fiction can make the difference when writing an effective autobiographical poem.

www.indolentbooks.com/poetry-autobiographical

 

 

Jo Shapcott speaks with Julia Copus about the importance of sound in her poetry, both in terms of imagery and in the use of language itself.

www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/wa_episode2/

 

 

Penned in the Margins Director Tom Chivers gives tips on how to submitt work for publication.

www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/dos-and-donts-of-submitting-your-manuscript

 

 

“When language gets casual and lazy, I don’t even consider it as poetry."

Simon Armitage, interviewed by The National in the UAE, on the power of language.

www.thenational.ae/arts-life/books/simon-armitage-on-the-power-of-language

 

 

Forget soppy nature poems; desire and lust and bitterness and guilt are the true province of poetry and that’s the way to get teenage boys reading it, argues teenager Secret Scribbler

www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2016/jul/06/how-to-get-teenagers-reading-poetry

 

 

The poet laureate is going on tour with her fantasy band: Jackie Kay, Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker.

www.theguardian.com/books/carol-ann-duffy-jackie-kay-gillian-clarke-imtiaz-dharker-poets-on-the-road

 

 

Clive James made his name as a critic, broadcaster, novelist and poet. His Collected Poems 1958 -2015 was recently published.
Here he chooses the poetry books that continue to inspire him.

Clive James made his name as a critic, broadcaster, essayist, novelist and poet. Collected Poems 1958 - 2015 is James’ own selection from over fifty years' work in verse: from his early satires to his recent poems looking back over his extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty.  

Here he chooses the poetry books that continue to inspire him.  

- See more at: http://www.picador.com/blog/october-2014/clive-james-s-favourite-poetry-books?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Post&utm_content=Blog#sthash.gAqeDaun.dpuf

Clive James made his name as a critic, broadcaster, essayist, novelist and poet. Collected Poems 1958 - 2015 is James’ own selection from over fifty years' work in verse: from his early satires to his recent poems looking back over his extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty.  

Here he chooses the poetry books that continue to inspire him.  

- See more at: http://www.picador.com/blog/october-2014/clive-james-s-favourite-poetry-books?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Post&utm_content=Blog#sthash.gAqeDaun.dpuf

 

Clive James made his name as a critic, broadcaster, essayist, novelist and poet. Collected Poems 1958 - 2015 is James’ own selection from over fifty years' work in verse: from his early satires to his recent poems looking back over his extraordinarily rich life with a clear-eyed and unflinching honesty.  

Here he chooses the poetry books that continue to inspire him.  

- See more at: http://www.picador.com/blog/october-2014/clive-james-s-favourite-poetry-books?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Post&utm_content=Blog#sthash.gAqeDaun.dpuf

www.picador.com/blog/october-2014/clive-james-s-favourite-poetry-books