The anti-laureate of the People's Republic of Cork offers up some advice on how not to read.
Richard Skinner interviews Ian Duhig for The Compass Magazine online
Robert Peake says that the simplest but least useful way to think of poetry is as two types: good or bad. Yet for those willing to look deeper, there is much to be gained from attempting to understand and appreciate the wide and varied landscape of contemporary poetry.
Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She’s just released a new volume, Felicity, at the age of 80 and so On Being are revisiting the interview she granted them earlier this year on the wisdom of the world, the salvation of poetry, and the life behind her writing.
Claire Trevien, referencing an article by Niall O'Sullivan, writes in praise of poetry that makes you work
Rachel Rooney, winner of the CLPE Poetry award 2012 with The Language of Cat, shares the five things she wishes she'd known about poetry before she started writing it
Poet Paul Cookson orders you to unzip your lips and get poetry off the page and into the air
Poet Roger Stevens reveals his techniques for writing a poem on a specific topic
Roddy Lumsden outlines the route to getting a volume of poetry published and advises poets on when and how to approach a publisher.
There's probably more poems about love than there are about the contents of a shed, but acclaimed poet Michael Symmons Roberts makes the point that no subject is off limits when it comes to finding a topic to put into verse.
Poetry publishers can’t just publish poetry they love. Poetry publishing is a business and no business can afford to run at a loss. When you send your manuscript to a publisher, they’re not just looking at how wonderful the poetry is, but also considering if it might make a loss. Emma Lee gives a list of why manuscripts are rejected:
The success of hip-hop has radically reshaped many American art forms. This is particularly true of poetry.
With its rules, terms, famous practitioners and variety, poetry can seem daunting. But you don't have to know your accentual verse from your zeugma to make words flow on the page.
Makar Liz Lochhead says analytical approach is spoiling how children learn to love poetry.