I have again compiled my shortlist of poets who I think are worth watching from both sides of The Pond.
We lovers of poetry have this consolation at least: when times get tough, the poetry gets better. More poetry, more fiercely, please, to see us through.
Get your fix of poetry recs. right here.
I received my contributor’s copy of the anthology A Poetry of Elephants today. It is a project I’m proud to have been a part of — not only to be in the company of nearly forty excellent poets — but because all of the proceeds from the sale of the book go to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
It will make an excellent gift for the Elephant-lover in your life, and is now available to order online. You can also read my poem “Letter to the Last Megafauna” halfway down the homepage on the A Poetry of Elephants website.
Congratulations to publisher Valerie Morton, editor Rebecca Gethin, and all the poets featured. Here’s hoping it does much good for our big-hearted brethren.
St. Albans, our nearest market town here in the English countryside north of London, has been holding a week-long series of events focusing on sustainable living. As part of the proceedings they solicited poems from the local Ver Poets group on an environmental theme. They have been posting a new poem each day, and all are well worth reading.
Today, hot on the heels of America electing a climate-change denier to its highest office, you can read the short poem “What Will Survive Us“, my prognosis for unchecked human exploitation of the natural world.
Read the poem.
Ekphrastic poetry in response to big data? Yes, please.
HSBC collected 16,000 verbatim responses to complete the statement, “Expat Life Is…”. They then commissioned me to write a poem addressing the eight major themes that emerged.
The result is the poem sequence “Eightfold Expat“, which you can listen to and read on the HSBC Expat Explorer website.
Poet and screenwriter Aaron Kent had a wild idea: interview poets using poetry. Not only that — but ask them to respond to the poems-as-questions with poems-as-answers. It could have been weird, but it ended up being really cool.
The first of our exchanges is now up on the Poetic Interviews website. More will be posted over time.
[Update: all six question-poems and answer-poems are now available here.]
My contributor’s copy of Domestic Cherry 5 popped through the post today. I love this little annual. There’s not a dull poem in it.
Mine, called “Patient Refused Dental Anaesthesia“, could only have been written in this conspiracy-mad US election year.
You can see a snap of it here. Get your copy of Domestic Cherry 5 (you won’t be sorry) from their website.