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Pablo Neruda: Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines

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Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, better known for his pen name Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet, diplomat and politician born on July 12th 1904. Neruda started receiving recognition for his poetry aged just thirteen and wrote in a variety of styles including surrealist poems, historical epics and even political manifestos, although he is probably best known for his passionate love poems.

Neruda had many accolades to his name, for his political work and his poetry. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 and was described by Gabriel Garcia Marquez as “The greatest poet of the 20th Century in any language.” Read More

Neil Gaiman Wins Science Fiction Poetry Prize

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Neil Gaiman’s poem The Mushroom Hunters has won first prize in the Long Poem category at The 2018 Rhysling Awards.

The Science Fiction Poetry Association’s award was started in 1978 in recognition of achievements in the field of speculative poetry. The award was named after the blind singer and storyteller “Noisy” Rhysling, the protagonist of Robert A. Heinlein’s “The Green Hills of Earth“.

Neil Gaiman’s poem The Mushroom Hunters beat a whole array of other-worldly poems to gain the prestigious first prize for a long poem. The poem has been heralded as the “first feminist poem about the dawn of science“.

Watch the reading, or read it yourself below.

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5 of our Favourite Summer Poems

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Summer is here at last!

The next few months will be full of al fresco dining, bright evenings, and beach trips, interspersed with lots and lots of reading. To mark this season of sandcastles and ice cream we have gathered five of favourite Summer poems.

Let us know which of your own favourite poems remind you of the Summer time.

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Poet Amy K. Blakemore Accuses Penguin Random House Editor of Sexual Assault

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The young poet Amy K. Blakemore, who won the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in both 2007 and 2008, has come forward and accused a poetry editor working for Penguin Random House of assault. The man in question is Donald Futers, who apparently assaulted Ms. Blakemore in 2015 after they met for drinks to discuss her work. Mr. Futers vehemently denies the allegations.

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Happy birthday, Etheridge Knight!

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When we think of great poets, we often tend to picture the likes of Shakespeare, Byron, and Plath, but we believe that Etheridge Knight is one poet that everyone should check out. Born on April 19, 1931, today would’ve marked Knight’s 87th birthday. To celebrate, we’re going to be exploring the journey of an artist who overcame a life of crime, addiction, and imprisonment to become a teacher, scholar, and poet. Read More

Lyrically Justified- the UK showcases its brightest new stars of the poetry world

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The initial inspiration for Lyrically Justified (Volumes 1 & 2) came when two open mic promoters, Saiqa Rehman and Harry Lotta, felt the poets who spoke at their sessions deserved promoting.

Their website explains the influences behind their anthologies:

“The Urban Word Collective was born out of a dream of a shared space whereby Urban Poets could mutually promote, celebrate and inspire one another for the benefit of their communities and ultimately country. Such poets are the Bob Dylans of today and have so much to say, to add to navigating a tumultuous world. ​The world of poetry has never been exclusive to one tradition, rather a tree with roots that propagates, seeding for the present and future.”

 

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