Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

Kim Chul: The poet who said sorry

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The end of 2014 saw a deeply silly furore over Seth Rogen’s The Interview, an otherwise forgettable, ‘satirical’ account of two bumbling idiots deployed by the FBI to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The film prompted rage from Pyongyang.

The whole affair was interesting to me because it was something of a rarity. North Korea often gets cross with other nations – that isn’t rare – but it’s unusual for the North Korean elite to get involved in cultural matters beyond their own border. Indeed, far more fascinating/horrifying censorship stories have emerged from within the hermit kingdom.

Take the life of North Korean poet Kim Chul. (more…) more»

Mary Stone Dockery Interview

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

When did you write these poems and when did you become aware they would form a collection?

These poems were written furiously over about an eight month period. After trying to title a number of poems “One Last Cigarette” it became pretty clear it wasn’t a single poem I was trying to write.

Can you describe your approach to writing poetry?

There’s a lot of staring at a word or two on the screen or on a piece of paper. A lot of staring, scratching out, rewriting, and sometimes tears. Poetry and I have a lot of stare-downs, with poetry usually winning.

Grief and loss are the focus of One Last Cigarette. Do you feel poetry (writing or reading) can aid the grieving process?

Definitely. Sometimes I read a poem and feel instantly healed from years of suffering. Writing poetry, and the pain that can come with it, can be a healing process, I suppose, but I try not to “use” poetry in that way. Other people seem to say better what I haven’t been able to articulate to myself.

The popularity of poetry seems to have waned in recent years. How can it be revived?

I’m not sure poetry was ever really popular. Or when it was popular, it was an entirely different beast than it is today. Or it’s actually more popular now than we know. Or it’s just not popular to spend money on poetry. Or there’s a possibility that poetry isn’t even poetry anymore. I think, though, that people desire what we call poetry, and it just takes putting it out there to remind them.

How do you view other writers?

Simultaneously as competition and community. I crave both as a writer. I want the community to be strong, and the competition to be fierce.

When writing poetry, who comes first: the reader or the writer?

I’d like to say the reader, but I just don’t think it’s true. Not sure the writer even comes first. I think the poem has the power and the control and gets what it wants first.

What would be your advice to a new poet who’s just starting out?

Do something different with language every day. Watch too many bad TV shows. Write when you want. Don’t feel guilty if you aren’t doing what other writers do or writing what others are writing. Wear underwear or don’t. Read what interests you. Light something on fire in your kitchen sink. Throw out all the trash in your house. Get a dog. Get arrested. Fall in love every day. Keep your words to yourself if you want or read them or try to publish them. Just say something important.

What’s the best thing about smoking?

Smoke breaks. That alone time. The healing.

Marlboro Lights or Benson & Hedges?

I’m a picky smoker, but I’ll smoke either of those if I’ve run out and someone offers, and I’ll try really hard not to complain. A free cigarette is a free cigarette.

The most honest being is…

touch. Even when touch lies, it tells some kind of truth.

Mary’s collection of poetry, One Last Cigarette, is due out in late-2013. You can read about it here. more»

Selected Poems – Anne Champion

Monday, September 9th, 2013

We proudly present a selection of brilliant poetry by Anne Champion.

Read these hard-hitting beauties right here.


Anne Champion is the author of Reluctant Mistress, a poetry collection released by Gold Wake Press in 2013. Her work appears in Verse Daily, The Pinch, Cider Press Review, PANK Magazine, The Comstock Review, Poetry Quarterly, Line Zero, Thrush Poetry Journal and elsewhere.  She was a 2009 Academy of American Poets Prize recipient, a Pushcart Prize nominee and a St. Botolph Emerging Writer Grant nominee. more»

Graham Allison – New Poems

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Skeletal Manoeuvres

To be presented with the skeleton
when you were expecting
a living breathing beast

can be disconcerting

but it makes an impression

brings with it a stripped-down stylishness
of thrill and immediacy

which wanes

with repetition and your own aging

after you reach a certain point

the bones of a beast
the bones of a beast

they do not provide a full feast for all the senses (more…) more»

Wedding Underwear for Mermaids

Author: Linda Ann Strang

ISBN: 9780956665843  |  90 pages

Linda Ann Strang’s first poetry collection skilfully entwines fairy tales, womanhood, African culture, and the female psyche. The warrior mother, the spurned lover, the maltreated bride: they are all here, expertly drawn in lush, original language that you’ll want to wallow in from beginning to end.

Unflinching and intuitive, Strang’s forty-two poems paint an image of womanhood and femininity that is at once insightful, witty, dark, intimate, and utterly human.

Click here to read the press release. more»

Charity for Nightmares

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The troll beneath the bridge is dying
to invite someone home
to view his etchings.
If only he had a home
or some etchings.
He scratches his pustules
and dreams of art classes.
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World Poetry Day – What Is Poetry?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

It seems like a silly question – what is poetry? But in many ways I think it is crucial, so, for World Poetry Day, let’s spend a bit of time glaring at the roots.

What is a poet? A poet is someone who practices the art of writing poetry. Is someone adept at writing poetry.

The South Korean film, Poetry, tackles the poet/poetry issue in a very interesting manner. The protagonist, an elderly lady, decides to join a poetry class. She then struggles throughout the entire film to write a poem because she can’t get her head around how to be poetic, although her life, experience and troubles are perfect poetic fodder. She makes notes of what she sees and eventually these notes turn into a poem. (more…) more»


Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Over the past year there has been a lot of incredible and newsworthy stories that have happened across this globe of ours: the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the death of Osama bin Laden, and the WikiLeaks saga. But really one of the biggest stories of 2011 will be the Middle East revolutions. (more…) more»

‘Jazz’ Now Available in Paperback

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Jéanpaul Ferro‘s Jazz is now available in paperback. Tackling the full spectrum of human emotion with considered wit and intricate prose, this is a collection of poetry that will reach both lovers of the genre and those just discovering poetry publishing. (more…) more»

How School Made Me Loathe Poetry

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Do you remember being taught poetry at school? If I try, I can access fragments of memories. These include April afternoons reading Jabberwocky, reciting Ted Hughes aloud to the class as my stomach churned with nerves, and poring over Wilfred Owen. Mostly, however, my experience of poetry at school is a distant fuzz. (more…) more»