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What Shall I read?

Try Fanny Howe’s 2014 collection Second Childhood published by Graywolf Press.In a recent interview with Sandra Lim she says “My obedience to story-telling emerges in my sets of poems.But also the “I” in my...

What shall I read?

Try Jorie Graham’s new collection From The New World 1976-2014. Here she is talking to Mark Wunderlich in a long and fascinating conversation about the place of poetry in America: “When you give a child...

Only some dreams come true

Seeing your dream come true every month – the monthly used book sale in Mafroosh in Sudan is a lifeline for readers and writers. The poet Mamoun Eltlib mourns the closure of all libraries...

What Shall I Read? What Work Is

Philip Levine died this week. He was a major American poet. In an obituary in The New York Times by Margalit Fox, she quotes a radio conversation with Studs Terkel from 1977 in which he spoke...

Singing The Blues: Langston Hughes

The extraordinary life of Langston Hughes, his pivotal role in the Harlem Renaissance, his “generation-defining essay” The Negro Artist And The Racial Mountain, his travels and his place in America’s cultural lineage are all traceable...

What Shall I Read? Twigs and Knucklebones

Harriet The Blog, The Poetry Foundation’s blog, invites contributors to the 2015 issue of Poetry, to divulge what they are presently reading. John Barr enjoys “the work of poets who write out of a systematic...

Revive the art of reciting poems

Defy these dark, sleety, east wind days and revive the lost art of reciting poetry. Surprise your friends or just yourself. Here are two great websites for finding good poems to learn: http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/what-is-poetry-by-heart/   and...

Bring Chiswick a poem

The Chiswick branch of Pass On A Poem, one of our earliest, meets in the local Oxfam Bookshop, with which, along with venue organisers Susi Stanley- Carroll and Sarah Heimendorf, it has been associated from...

Date for Mancunians

Join Pass On A Poem for our first ever morning event. We will meet at the Manchester Portico Library, 57 Moseley Street, M2 3HY on Saturday 21st February from 11-12.15. So plenty of time to choose...

Unacknowledged legislators?

Are poets, as Shelley said, “the unacknowledged legislators of the world”? John Ashbery on Climate Change? Adam Kirsch thinks not then, not now, not ever. Leslie Jamison cites C.D.Wright’s  “extraordinary portrait of life in...