Peter Gizzi & Richard Scott
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by The Poetry Society
5M ago
‘We’ve always been here. As long as there has been soldiers, there have been poets. And it’s a long sad, venerable tradition.’ (Peter Gizzi) A Poetry Review podcast between Richard Scott and Peter Gizzi to accompany the Poetry Review Summer 2022 issue. Richard co-edited the issue with Andre Bagoo. You can read more about their issue here: poetrysociety.org.uk/publications/v…2-summer-2022/ You can buy the issue here: bit.ly/ThePoetryReview Richard Scott’s first book is Soho (2018), he guested edited The Poetry Review with Andre Bagoo in Summer 2022. Peter Gizzi’s recent books include, Now It’s ..read more
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'T is for Tree' by Isabel Galleymore
The Poetry Society
by The Poetry Society
6M ago
Each year, The Poetry Society commissions a new children’s poem celebrating the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, which is a gift from the city of Oslo to London, as a thank you for helping the King of Norway in World War 2. This year, Isabel Galleymore wrote a magical new poem is called ‘T is for tree’. It is on display around the base of the tree in Trafalgar Square until the 6th of January 2024. The poem was premiered at the lighting up ceremony of the tree in front of the mayors of Oslo, London and Westminster, plus thousands of spectators, by three children from a local primary school ..read more
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Jameson Fitzpatrick talks to Andre Bagoo
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by The Poetry Society
1y ago
Guest editor of The Poetry Review Summer 2022, Andre Bagoo talks to his contributor Jameson Fitzpatrick. Andre co-edited the summer issue with Richard Scott. You can read more about their issue here: poetrysociety.org.uk/publications/vol-112-no-2-summer-2022/ You can buy the issue here: bit.ly/ThePoetryReview ..read more
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Reading of 'Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, with an unknown girl [...]'
The Poetry Society
by The Poetry Society
1y ago
This poem was written by Fred D'Aguiar and Sarah Howe in 2021 as part of the TIDE research project, as a collaboration between the University of Oxford, The Poetry Society and the National Portrait Gallery. It is written as a response to the painting in the National Portrait Gallery Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth with an unknown girl by Pierre Mignard, 1682. The TIDE project received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no 681884). The poem is performed by Jess Murrain and Phoebe ..read more
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Ilya Kaminsky reads at the launch of The Poetry Review Summer 2019
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by The Poetry Society
1y ago
Ilya Kaminsky reads at the launch of The Poetry Review 109:2, Summer 2019, held at The Poetry Café, London. Ilya Kaminsky will be giving this year's Poetry Society Annual Lecture / Liverpool University Allott Lecture on Poetry in a Time of Crisis on Monday 15 May 7:30pm. You can book to attend the lecture online here: bit.ly/AnnualLectureOnline You can book to attend the lecture in person here: bit.ly/AnnualLectureKaminsky ..read more
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And a tree by Kate Wakeling
The Poetry Society
by The Poetry Society
1y ago
Kate Wakeling's new poem ‘and a tree’ was commissioned as part of The Poetry Society's annual Look North More Often programme and celebrates the 2022 Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. This is the 75th tree given to London from Oslo as thanks for keeping their king safe during World War Two, and is the 15th poem commissioned to celebrate this annual gift. In this podcast, 'and a tree' is performed by Treymaine Lemar Anderson, Caeculus Baker and Milena Madeiros Tabert, three Year 6 children from Soho Parish Primary School in Westminster. You can read the poem online now, and it is also displayed ..read more
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Roger McGough Reading 'God Rest The Queen'
The Poetry Society
by The Poetry Society
1y ago
After the announcement of the death of Her Majesty the Queen on 8 September 2022, The Poetry Society invited Society President Roger McGough to write a response to the unfolding news. The Poetry Society is very grateful to him for writing a personal and immediate reflection the same evening, as he began to process this great change in our national life. The text of Roger McGough's poem God Rest the Queen is available here: https://poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/god-rest-the-queen. The poem was commissioned by The Poetry Society in response to the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II on 9 September 2022 ..read more
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Dzifa Benson speaks to Clementine E. Burnley and Zakia Carpenter-Hall
The Poetry Society
by The Poetry Society
2y ago
Dzifa Benson speaks to Clementine E. Burnley and Zakia Carpenter-Hall. All three are alumni of the Obsidian Foundation writing retreat, a week-long retreat of selected Black poets of African descent. The Obsidian Foundation's goal is to create a community of Black creative diversity where poets are fully self-expressed free from racism. Discover more on their website: obsidianfoundation.co.uk Clementine E. Burnley and Zakia Carpenter-Hall discuss their experience on the Obsidian Foundation writing retreat, what it means to write in vernacular and how poetry can speak on behalf of a community ..read more
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Shane McCrae talks to Emily Berry
The Poetry Society
by The Poetry Society
2y ago
Spend 30 engrossing minutes in the company of the award-winning US poet Shane McCrae and Review editor Emily Berry as they discuss Sylvia Plath’s ‘Lady Lazarus’ as the trigger, when he was just 15, of McCrae’s poetry career; John Keats and the Gothic; George Herbert; and McCrae's conversion from free verse to metrical verse. ‘I can only recommend that everyone abandon the way they’ve been writing and see what happens if they write in a different way,’ he says. Fascinating on the ‘productive panic’ of building a collection, McCrae also gives wonderful readings of his poems published in the autu ..read more
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The Fourth King by Sinéad Morrissey
The Poetry Society
by The Poetry Society
2y ago
Sinéad Morrissey's new poem ‘The Fourth King’ was commissioned as part of our annual Look North More Often programme and celebrates the 2021 Trafalgar Square Christmas tree. Here, it's performed by Isobel Chappell, Leon Ganje Day and Vasilis Vasiliou, three Year 6 children from St Saviour’s Church of England Primary School in Westminster. You can read the poem online, and on a banner designed by Marcus Walters on the tree in Trafalgar Square until 6 January 2022. You can also find a video interview with Sinéad, KS2 teaching resources, and poems written by primary school children in response to ..read more
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