Monthly Archives: April 2011

Poetry Month 18 – Adultery

Having shared Sophie Hannah’s Rubbish at Adultery earlier this month, Quiet Riot Girl mentioned that she liked this poem: Adultery by Carol Ann Duffy. And goodness she’s right, it has some fantastic imagery in it. Go read it first, then … Continue reading

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Poetry Month 17 – Ian Duhig

Ian Duhig is another local poet. Though born in London from Irish descent, he graduated from Leeds Uni and I’m pretty sure he still works around here. He has a recent collection out, Pandorama, which I intend to get soon. … Continue reading

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Poetry Month 16 – Medusa

I love Carol Ann Duffy, as I have already said. I’ve already shared two of her poems – though I did so on twitter (mentioned here). This one is from The World’s Wife – which I adore. It was the … Continue reading

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Poetry Month 15 – Seeing Stars

Still on local poets… When I open a book of poetry and see blocks of prose-like text I am always, without exception, filled with a sense of disappointment. Like I haven’t got what I wanted at all. Simon Armitage‘s latest, … Continue reading

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Poetry Month 14 – Rubbish at Adultery

Local poets! Yay! It’s nice when poets are local, I somehow feel all friendly towards the poet and then inevitably like their output more. I may feature local poets for the next few days. Yes. Yes, I will. Firstly, Sophie … Continue reading

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Poetry Month 13 – Coin Opera

I genuinely love this little book of poems about video games – Coin Opera. You should buy it. And I should write poems based on video games. I did once write one which alluded to them somewhat. Let me find … Continue reading

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Poetry Month 11 – “his arms are full of broken things”

Several years ago I found a book in one of those publishers’ clearing house type shops with stacks of books they are trying to shift for cheap. Because I loved the title, I bought it. It was about the poet … Continue reading

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Poetry Month 10 – Some Weather

Today’s poem is from Vona Groarke’s collection Spindrift. It’s a lovely, clean collection. I like the way she still retains a pleasing obliqueness despite still sounding clear and fresh (sorry I make no sense when talking about poetry and/or dancing … Continue reading

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Poetry month 9 – three poems

There are three poems I want to share today, with a similar theme. Firstly, Dylan Thomas’s Do not go gentle into that good night. It’s well known, and I love the earnest, almost angry refrain “rage, rage against the dying … Continue reading

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Poetry Month 8 – The Language of the Brag

I’m afraid I’m sharing another poem about childbirth. It is The Language of the Brag by Sharon Olds, from her anthology Satan Says.┬áThis one is long and triumphant, in contrast with the one I shared on day one. You can … Continue reading

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