Makar Liz Lochhead says analytical approach is spoiling how children learn to love poetry.

www.thenational.scot/news/makar-liz-lochhead

 

Pascale Petit says that poetry captures the wonder and the ineffable in our lives.

www.ideas.aeon.co/viewpoints/pascale-petit-on-why-read-poetry

 

Charlotte Runcie: What are public poets for? A bit of sound and fury, that's what.

The merits of their literary output is beside the point. Desperate times call for literary heroes.

www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews

 

Robert Peak, an American poet in England, says conceptual poetry is not about people; it is about ideas.

www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-peake/bad-ideas-poetry-authenticity-and-power

 

The poet, novelist and playwright on family, Britain’s child soldiers and hating novels set in Hampstead (and then writing one)

www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/13/owen-sheers-interview

 

Helena Nelson explains why she fell in love with a poem at first sight and gives some insight into what makes a poem grab the attention.

www.happenstancepress.org/index.php/blog/entry/why-i-like-this-poem

 

In a culture that has consigned poetry to the margins, Simon Armitage has become something very rare: a genuinely popular British poet. 

www.theguardian.com/books/2015/may/26/simon-armitage-making-poetry-pay

 

Chrissie Gittins says it’s time to get confident about children’s poetry, children love it – so publishers,

bookshops and libraries should stop hiding it and start celebrating

www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/apr/28/why-is-childrens-poetry-so-invisible

 

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award 2015 shortlist

www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/apr/28/clpe-poetry-award-2015-shortlist

 

Jonathan Edwards takes the reader through his process for writing a particular poem

www.campus.poetryschool.com/how-to-renovate-a-morris-minor

‘Some people use poetry to express heartache, but I use it to broadcast a message’

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/apr/11/george-the-poet-protesting-with-poetry

The main obstacle to understanding poetry, whether you are talking about Keats or Shelley or Whitman

or even Leonard Cohen, is our ingrained tendency to be very literal in communication. 

www.slate.com/blogs/quora/2015/02/25/why_is_poetry_difficult_to_understand.html

North East Poet Kate Fox raises the issue of what poets should be paid.

www.katefoxwriter.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/where-theres-poems-theres-brass

Martin Crucefix is half way through the process of judging this year’s Torriano Poetry Competition and offers

a compilation of thoughts on the judging process. 

www.martyncrucefix.com/2015/02/22/how-do-you-judge-a-poem