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Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by gumdrops+lollipops » Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:02 am

I have noticed that in the "poems we like" thread, most people are posting works by poets who aren't writing anymore. What about poets who are writing, right now? I have a difficult time keeping up with contemporary poetry, but I am interested in immersing myself in it more. Might you be able to suggest websites that I could read to expose myself to some of this poetry? Or are literary journals the way to go?

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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by Martijn » Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:19 pm

Most if not all entries in The Guardian's Saturday Poem series are by living poets. That's a nice way to get to know some new names. They generally review a poetry book each week too, and I always read the review, but I generally find it hard to get a good feeling of what the poet's work is like from a review. (They do quite a lot of poetry, actually.)

And there is the Poetry Archive, where poets read their own work, which effectively makes having been alive fairly recently a criterium for your work to be included.

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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by Dan » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:33 am

Some of the things Ron Silliman links to are sometimes fascinating, but you'd probably have to not have a job to read everything.

Silliman's Blog

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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by Bobby Who? » Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:15 am

Teaching the obvious to the idiots.


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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by wyvern » Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:01 pm

If anyone is interested Nottingham is holding a poetry reading by Kerri French, Mark Goodwin, and Cathy Grindrod on Thursday April 22nd at 7:30 in the Angear Visitors Centre at the University of Nottingham (Lakeside). There will, of course, be cake, wine, and books to be bought and signed.
(wonder if anyone noticed my plagiarism of their press release???)

I've not read the poets works yet but the last two readings have been good.
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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by crystalball » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:34 pm

Hey Anorak. Has anyone got any suggestions for contemporary poetry to read please? I used to rely on the Guardian on Saturday for new stuff but it's been months since I've had time to catch up with any of it. I miss it a lot. Let us know if you come across anything lovely, won't you? Thankyou. x

I was in the charity shop this morning and bought a poetry collection by someone called Kevin MacNeil, called Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides. It's got some very pretty haiku in it and everything.

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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by islandhopper » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:15 pm

crystalball wrote: I was in the charity shop this morning and bought a poetry collection by someone called Kevin MacNeil, called Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides. It's got some very pretty haiku in it and everything.
I haven't ready that, but I'd like to as I've read both his novels. The Stornoway Way is one of my very favourite books and the best representation I've ever seen of the area I'm from and the people who live in it. He has also released a poetry and music album with Willie Campbell of indie nearly men, Astrid. I think this particular song is lovely - http://www.myspace.com/williamcampbellk ... g-27402637

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Post by crystalball » Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:02 pm

Oh, I might have to read his books. The poetry is great. Thanks Chris!

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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by islandhopper » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:09 pm

I would definitely start with The Stornoway Way and only move on to A Method Actor's Guide to Jekyll and Hyde if you've really enjoyed it. I found that a little disappointing.

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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by crystalball » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:47 pm

This is delightful: an online poetry journal with a tiny premise, edited by this girl called Amy Key who lives down the road from me (apparently - I don't know her or anything) and who is an amazing poet, and, yeah, well, have a look. Poems in Which.

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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by crystalball » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:47 am

I came across this last night and stayed up late to read all three issues and now I'm dying: http://www.theharlequin.org/issues. Some truly lovely poetry on there. Look out for Kimberly Grey's 'System of After'.

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Re: Contemporary Poetry Resources

Post by humblebee » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:02 am

Anorak, I would like to recommend you buy the new edition of Route 57. Yeah, OK, partly because the work of two Anorak forum members can be found in it (me and duglasette). But it's a brilliant thing.



The journal is edited and produced largely by English postgrads* here at Sheffield Uni as the work experience part of their course (which seems to me an excellently creative and ingenious way of sidestepping the awful prospect of work experience in an actual office).

There's a lot of genuinely great stuff in this issue, which looks and feels beautiful. It's only six quid for a copy, and because it works on a sort of rolling crowdfunding basis, your readies will pay for the printing of the following issue next year.

Have a look at it here:
http://www.route57.group.shef.ac.uk/#

Buy one here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/route-57#/

*That's postgrads in the School of English, btw, as opposed to postgrads of English nationality in a variety of subjects.

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