I thought that considering I see so much interesting poetry related news or features throughout the week, and never actually do anything with it, I thought that I would start collecting this information in a weekly round-up for everyone (and myself). Hope you enjoy!
- The Guardian has reported that male poets are stripping off for a calendar to help raise money for diabetes.
- The New York Times has run a blog post about devotees of T.S. Eliot being in outrage over plans to build housing and an industrial complex in East Coker on the site where the poet’s ashes are scattered. It is also the place that inspired the eponymous section of Eliot’s last poetic collection Four Quartets.
- Harold Pinter’s last poem has been featured in the Times Literary Supplement.
- An interview with Cape poet Micheal Longley has appeared on the Edinburgh Festival website where he states, among other things, that not enough ‘poems’ are being written, but there is too much ‘poetry’.
- In contrast to Longley’s interview, a pediatrician writes a letter to the New York Times saying that there needs to be more poetry in medicine.
- The wonderful Clinic poet Rachael Allen talks to John Burnside about his poetry on the Granta website.
- The New Statesman culture blog muses on the relationship of the Poetry Society and the indie poetry publisher. It cites a lot of good work and features a brief comment from Penned in the Margins editor Tom Chivvers.
- The Poetry Society released a statement on their website announcing that Judith Palmer would be reinstated as the Director of the Poetry Society following her resignation. The Guardian also writes up the story.
- The Salt Publishing blog has a feature about the upcoming Poetry Book fair in London at the end of September.