Patricia Lockwood, featured blogger at Poetry Foundation, asks a difficult question.

www.poetryfoundation.org

Poetry is meant to inspire readers and listeners, to connect them more deeply to themselves even as it links them

more fully to others. But many people feel put off by the terms of poetry, its odd vocabulary, its notorious difficulty. 

Here Edward Hirsch of the Huffington Post suggests 10 terms that are essential to understanding poetry.

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Huffington Post suggest 5 forms that might make your poems stand out.

(reference to April being National Poetry Month refers to National Poetry Month in America)

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Poetry Review podcasts

Listen to the Poetry Society's expanding series of exchanges between Poetry Review editors and contributors,

past and present, as they explore ideas and issues generated by the issue.

Click the link below to listen to the podcasts:

www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/publications/review/prpod/

Scottish Poetry Library's selection of twenty of the best poems by Scottish authors to appear in books, pamphlets and literary magazines during 2013.

www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/best-scottish-poems/best-scottish-poems-2013

And Other Poems simply a blog of poems

www.andotherpoems.wordpress.com

Poet and novelist Judi Sutherland muses on why the future of poetry even matters:

judisutherland.com/the-enlightenment-has-gone-too-far

Ahren Warner (Poetry London), Maurice Riordan (Poetry Review) and Michael Mackim (Rialto Magazine)

discuss selecting poems for publication in magazines.

www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry

blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/02/06/poems-for-the-jamaican-bobsled-team-olympic-poetry

Kwame Dawes begins a series of Olympic Games inspired poems in the Wall Street Journal.

 

www.huffingtonpost.com/university-of-toronto-news/why-you-can-and-should

Don Campbell of The University of Toronto muses on why you can and should write poetry.


Maurice Riordan won the Michael Hartnett Award and was a winner of Book of the Year in both the Sunday Times and Irish Times.

He has been shortlisted for TS Eliot Prize. He is editor of Poetry Review. 

Here he is interviewed by Maitreyabandhu at the London Buddhist Centre on Saturday 25th January 2014.

www.fiftytwopoetry.wordpress.com

Jo Bell, award-winning poet, poetry project deviser, workshop leader, canal laureate and former organiser of National Poetry Day,

has created a blog which presents a prompt a week throughout 2014 and challenges poets to write a poem to that prompt.

Some prompts are delivered by guest poets.

A great way to keep your poetry muscles exercised and build a body of work over the year.