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

Penning poetry for the one you love? Here are five basic rules by Britain’s former poet laureate

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/feb/11/andrew-motion-how-write-love-poem-poetry

 John M Sweeney says

'if anyone could predict which books will sell, publishing wouldn't be the dumb business it really is.'

www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-m-sweeney/the-secret-of-poetry

Robert Peake, an American poet living in Britain, shares his thoughts on craft and innovation

www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-peake/the-difference-between

Andrew O’Hagan prepares to complete a journey around the British Isles begun with Seamus Heaney, and reflects on his lifelong immersion in poetry, and celebrates poets as risk-takers and miracle-workers.

www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/06/andrew-ohagan-love-poetry-seamus-heaney

 Maitreyabandhu says spiritual life is primarily concerned with overcoming self-centredness, with committing

ourselves to values such as empathy and insight. Poetry can be a spiritual practice, a way of life. 

www.magmapoetry.com/archive/magma-51/articles/13-ways-of-making-poetry-a-spiritual-practice

Trinidadian poet Roger Robinson talked to Katy Georgiou about dealing with rejection and why poetry

is a mission, not a business.

www.ideastap.com/IdeasMag/the-knowledge/roger-robinson-poetry

Ian Gregson, Professor of Creative Writing at Bangor University wonders if universities are doing poetry

books a disservice.

www.theconversation.com/poetry-is-well-and-truly-in-the-margins-will-it-ever-get-out

A step by step guide on how to put together a poetry manuscript for publication By Bob Holman and Margery Snyder

www.poetry.about.com/od/poetrybooks/ht/howmanuscript

What follows is the Jo Bell Method; the method of an immensely, award-winningly disorganised poet who

nonetheless has managed to win awards. Her vast and lofty experience teaches her that the key part of

winning any prize or getting into a journal is this: SEND THE BUGGERS OFF.

www.belljarblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/submitting-to-journals-the-jo-bell-method

How a movement has been misconstrued as a genre

(Chris Gilpin, Canadian Review of Literature and Performance)

www.litlive.ca/story/602