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PoARTry Ledbury

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Back in June I posted about a project I have been involved in since March. PoARTry, the brainchild of Rick Sanders who matched poets and artists to collaborate on new work.

https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/poartry-ledbury-launch-special-evening-exhibition-poetry-reading/

The experience has obviously been completely different for us all, I am looking forward to seeing the Exhibition this week.

Leena Batchelor and I have spent the past month+ organising the Launch event and I can hardly believe it is just around the corner. We won’t mention the clash with World Cup football – another recorded match for me to watch.

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SCHEDULE

6:30/40 Doors – Exhibition/Welcome Drink 

6:50- 7 Ken Calvert Musician

7 -7:10 Intro Rick and Nina – & Leena if she can make it in time.

7:10 – 7:18 Val Randle (A) & Nicky Hetherington (P)

7:18 – 7:26 Kate Culling (A) & Bill Thomas (P)

7: 26 – 7:34 Marion Steele (A) & Leena Batchelor (P)

7:34 – 7:42 Alan Richardson (A) & Rick Sanders (P) 

7: 42 – 7:50 Ken Calvert Musician

 INTERVAL – 20 mins – 

 8:10- 8:18 Molly Bythell (A) & Nina Lewis (P)

8:18 – 8:26 Angela Davis (A) & Maggie Reed (P)

8:26- 8:34 Bill Denny(A) & Brian Graham (P)

8:34 – 8:42 Tim Stavert(P)

8:42- 8: 50 Hilary Davies (A) & Myfanwy Fox (P) 

8: 50 – 9:00 Musicians 

 

Just need to buy the refreshments now and print my poems. I am very much looking forward to this Launch!

It is the only evening opening for the Artistree Gallery and our exhibition and it promises to be an amazing evening, so if you are not into the World Cup – you know where to head!

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2018 Perth Poetry Festival

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WA Poets Inc

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Various venues

Festival launch – 16th August at Queens Building, 97 William St, Perth.

Check out the guests and their biographies at https://wapoets.wordpress.com/perth-poetry-festival/2018-perth-poetry-festival-guest-biographies/

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NaPoWriMo 2018 A Review of a Week of Poetry 4

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So that is it for another year NaPoWriMoNoMore! A poem a day, something that has to wait until I have more time. I have several in the poetry bank now, one to be used in an exhibition, a couple on editing ice and a few I will one day be ready to submit! Thanks for the inspiration, the prompts have been fruitful this year!

Congratulations to everyone who took part. Here’s my list of titles:

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Week 4 Poetry 

  1. 26. Teacher’s Gifts
  2. 27. The Great Mother
  3. 28. Postcard from Middle England
  4. 29. Over (Plath response poem to ‘Edge’)
  5. 30. Le Bateau

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Week 1 Poetry

  1. Best Before
  2. The Sea Jewel
  3. The Home at Christmas
  4. Apology
  5. Bring Me The Shoes
  6. Wordle Band Name
  7. Pudding Protest
  8. In the Park
  9. Picking Blackberries
  10. Note at Preached/ Preached to Neat / A Taped Coherent / Open at Detacher

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Week 2 Poetry

11. Cotton To
12. The Tiny Objects of a Vast Mind
13. World Going
14. White Matter Change
15. Apple
16. The Difficult House – Poem Beginning with a line from Sean Nevin
17. Keep the Light
18. Remover

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Week 3 Poetry

19. Not of Eve (Written about the White Witch)
20. Rules of the Game (A poem based on the rules of Badminton)
21. Wið færstice – For a Sudden Stitch (A Poetry Spell)
22. On Display (Reverse text)
23. Contrast (Erasure)
24. A State of Disobedience
25. Narcissus Flower

Submissions Open Tomorrow for the Final WPL Poetry Collection

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The final opportunity to be part of a WPL Poetry Collection.
Send your poems in!

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Stephen Hawking collection

It seems apt on the day Google celebrates the 241st birthday of Johann Carl Friedrich Gauß (or Gauss), a German mathematician and physicist who used maths to rediscover the lost Dwarf Planet Ceres, that I should post Open Submissions for the final WPL Poetry Collection which asks for your Science/Maths based poetry. 

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Every Laureate finds that something with universal impact happens during their tenure. For many of us the year is filled with such news stories. I felt this collection was a chance for poets to share work that isn’t always at the forefront of poetry and to mark the passing of a genius, who has been around (for many of us) the whole of our lifetimes.  

I posted the full submission guidelines 3 weeks ago here where you can also find articles and starting points if you do not have any Science/Maths based poetry already…

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SUBMISSIONS OPEN Contour Final WPL Issue 4

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Open Submissions, the final call for Contour WPL Poetry Magazine.
Issue 4 Celebration / End of an Era
1st May – Deadline 10th June

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contour final call celebration issue 4 posterThe final WPL Contour Poetry Magazine will be produced in June after my Laureateship is handed over.

The magazine will go live in July. I will post it on this website alongside archive material from my year as Worcestershire Poet Laureate. 

Future plans

I have plans to keep Contour – either as an annual or bi-annual magazine and will be posting open submission calls over on my blog https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/ so if you are not already one of the 1,198 readers of AWF, get yourselves signed up. 

The 4th Issue will be on the theme of

Celebration/End of an Era

Submission Guidelines: 

Please follow these guidelines carefully or submissions will not be considered.

Submit 1-3 poems, maximum 40 lines 

in the body of an email 

Subject line CONTOUR CELEBRATION

on the theme of celebration/ end of an era.

Include a 75 word Bio written in 3rd person

to worcspl[at]gmail[dot]com

Poems must…

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St. George & The Poets

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flagI gathered a collection of poems for St. George’s Day including historical information and poetry from some of our Nation’s Poet Laureates, seems a shame not to share it with you.

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To celebrate I have gathered a fine collection of English poets and example poems. 

Sit down with a cup of tea & enjoy!

Jane Austen 

Ode to Pity by Jane Austen
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Ever musing I delight to tread
The Paths of honour and the Myrtle Grove
Whilst the pale Moon her beams doth shed
On disappointed Love.
While Philomel on airy hawthorn Bush
Sings sweet and Melancholy, And the thrush
Converses with the Dove.

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Gently brawling down the turnpike road,
Sweetly noisy falls the Silent Stream–
The Moon emerges from behind a Cloud
And darts upon the Myrtle Grove her beam.
Ah! then what Lovely Scenes appear,
The hut, the Cot, the Grot, and Chapel queer,
And eke the Abbey too a mouldering heap,
Cnceal’d by aged pines her head doth rear
And quite invisible doth take a peep.

©/sourcedhttp://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/jane_austen/poems/3462

Thomas Hardy

The Tree:…

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NaPoWriMo 2018 A Review of a Week of Poetry

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Well we have just completed the first week of poetry for NaPoWriMo and I am feeling positive about the daily writing. Being Worcestershire Poet Laureate is amazing but I would be lying if I said my own writing time hasn’t suffered. It needn’t have, I just decided to spend my year organising lots of events and opportunities for other writers and as far as my own progression through that time, it has been left organic.

My grey cells needed a few days to get used to the writing process again and I had to drag myself out of hiding in research.

What I love about NaPo is the optional prompts I attempt to follow often reveal offshoot ideas which I am banking for a quieter time. A notebook page is filling up nicely, I can only imagine what it might look like by the end of the month.

So at the end of a week in Napoland what have I got other than this fun new jpeg?

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A desk full of poems.

From Day 1:

Best Before (a poem about secret shame)

The Sea Jewel (John Harrison) which has since had editing circle treatment and promises to be a good finished piece sometime in the future. Plus I have now written many poems about Historical figures, a future pamphlet maybe.

Resources: A list of trivia prompts for the future and a short list of secret shames & pleasures.

 

From Day 2:

The Home at Christmas (a poem which links to work I have written on Dementia for a current PoArtry project, this poem has also received editing circle treatment and I hope one day will have stanzas all as strong as the final stanza, which is already one of those POW moments!

Apology (a humorous performance poem)

Resources: An article of Poetic I

Website for wordles

 

From Day 3:

Bring Me The Shoes (a quirky performance poem/list poem)

Several Wordle Band Name/poems

 

From Day 4:

Pudding Protest (a coupling written for the Suffragette Poetry Anthology project using a workshop prompt I created)

From Day 5:

In the Park (A translation poem)

Resources: A collection of black and white photographs and a whole list (website) of poetry in translation.

 

From Day 6:

Picking Blackberries (A poem about Dementia which uses long lines from Poetic Lines Napo prompt and part of the writing I am doing for the PoARTry Project)

Resources: Alberto Ríos’s article on the Poetic Line

 

From Day 7:

The Teacher and the Poet Are Not the Same (Working title)

So considering I have fallen 2 days behind due to real life poetry work, I have managed 7 poems and a few wordles, a stack of ideas to be used in the future and some great craft resources.

Success!

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I picked Day 6 & 7 up on Day 9. Just Day 8 & 9 to go and I will be back on track!

Suffragettes Anthology

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Suffragettes Anthology

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HIVE SUFFBack in February there was a Suffragette Exhibition at The Hive in Worcester. I took the opportunity to provide an impromptu poetry workshop based on the Library Exhibits. 12 people attended and a few more visited the exhibition and wrote from the workshop prompts and research links I shared. Here is a selection of the resulting work. 

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Deeds Not Words 
                                                                                                                                   
Inspired by Emily Wilding Davison,
Suffragette, died June 8th, 1913
 
Dear Joan of Arc,
my wreath left at your feet
marks you undefeated.
Your spark lives on,
igniting the tinder of my resolve.
Sisters, Women’s Social Political Union,
stand up now,
sacrifice now.
 
I pledge today, Derby Day,
will turn heads
against blind-gendered minds
with our vision against division.
 
You will see.
You will be proud.
 
If I’m arrested they’ll say,
About her person was:
Two flags
One purse
One half…

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Open Submissions – Science Poems

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Wanted your Science based poems.
Submission call.

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https://worcestershirepoetlaureateninalewis.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/the-world-loses-brightest-star/

Last month I posted about poetry with Maths/Science basis in memory of  Stephen Hawking. 

I told you to watch out for news of it in April and here it is. 

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The collection will appear on this website in June worcestershirepoetlaureateninalewis.wordpress.com/poetry

You are free to submit any poem you feel relevant to this call. Some people like prompts/stimuli, so here are some articles.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-43632326

http://www.macleans.ca/opinion/what-stephen-hawking-taught-us-about-the-importance-of-uncertainty/

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/railway-station-addenbrookes-stephen-hawking-14497426

http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/zwjmtfr

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Failing to follow submission guidelines guarantees work will not be accepted so please read them carefully. 


Your poems should be based on Science/ Maths/ Stephen Hawking.

Previously unpublished.

We do not consider simultaneous submissions, i.e. work that is being considered elsewhere.

Work should be 40 lines max.

You may send up to 3 poems.

All poems need a title.

We cannot accept expletive language/content.

Due to copyright issues we cannot accept work with…

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NaPoWriMo 2018 – Preparing for the Event

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I am reading up on the posts that came before April. March was super busy with Laureate projects, workshops and interviews and I didn’t even consider dipping into the NaPo site before April.

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This year they are adding interviews and craft resources this year and the first comes from a book I discovered back at University – part of course required reading and back that (long before the days of Amazon and home internet) I had to find a specialist shop in London and pay a huge amount of grant money to get my copy (which is one reason I still have it).

Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones Here’s an interview with Goldberg on the occasion of her book’s thirtieth anniversary, and appreciations of the book by Jennifer Ellis and Yvonne Spence.

Original source: http://www.napowrimo.net/napowrimo-glopowrimo-is-coming/

Craft resource: Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town. Hugo’s essays on writing poetry have helped students and non-students alike figure out one of the hardest things about poetry – what do you write about, and how do you do it genuinely and authentically? The Poetry Society of America has the title essay of his book online. You can find it here

Original source: http://www.napowrimo.net/three-weeks-and-some-change-until-na-glopowrimo/

Halfway through March another Craft Resource was posted.

Mark Doty’s The Art of Description. The book consists of a series of close readings of the descriptive word choices in poems, and I found it extremely illuminating and helpful in re-orienting me away from some lazy habits I’d fallen into in writing. One of the essays from the book, a close reading of Elizabeth Bishop’s The Fish, is available online here. I hope you enjoy it!

Original source: http://www.napowrimo.net/the-ides-of-march-or-halfway-to-na-glopowrimo/

I read these articles, essays and poems as suggested. I will probably read them again.

Our craft resource for the week is an oldie-but-a-goodie, Wallace Stevens’s The Necessary Angel. I first picked up this book, with a garish purple cover enlivened by an incongruous blue Cupid, in the “overstock” section of a used bookstore. Stevens, who trained as a lawyer and as journalist, is known for his intellectual, persnickety, exacting poems. His essays are no different, but if you are game to seriously nerd out about poetry, you should give it a try!

Original source: http://www.napowrimo.net/closer-and-closer/