Ukrainian and Russian Poetry at MPT magazine

On this World Poetry Day, 2022 I wanted to mention that the wonderful Modern Poetry in Translation magazine has made its 2017 issue featuring contemporary poetry and essays from Russian and Ukrainian poets available free to read online - here's the link to the issue on MPT's website. Published in 2017, here's the opening paragraph… Continue reading Ukrainian and Russian Poetry at MPT magazine

Poems in response to drawings

I've already shared the following poem excerpts on Instagram and Facebook. They are lines from poems-in-progress written by members of Trowbridge Stanza, the monthly poetry group I'm part of that meets at Drawing Projects UK, a gallery, café, studio and art space in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Our group met in person in February, for the first… Continue reading Poems in response to drawings

Judges announced for Sarah Maguire Prize 2022

 Following the success of the inaugural Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation, the Poetry  Translation Centre is delighted to welcome an esteemed line up of judges for the 2022 prize.   The panel will be chaired by Rosalind Harvey, a critically acclaimed translator who co-founded the  Emerging Translators Network. She is joined by the poet,… Continue reading Judges announced for Sarah Maguire Prize 2022

Live Canon Poetry Prize Book Launch and Readings

I'm pleased to say that my poem 'A Baby Speaks on his Birthday in an Autumn Garden, 2020' has reached the shortlist in this year's Live Canon Poetry Prize and will be performed at the anthology book launch and prize ceremony, along with all shortlisted poems, online on Tuesday, 19 October, 20:00 – 21:30 BST.… Continue reading Live Canon Poetry Prize Book Launch and Readings

My review of a new selection of poems by Abdellatif Laâbi

The image is of a hand holding a book. The book is 'My Mother's Language'/ 'La langue de ma mere' by Abdellatif Laabi, translated by Andre Naffis-Sahely

My review of My Mother’s Language/La langue de ma mère by Abdellatif Laâbi, translated and introduced by André Naffis-Sahely (Poetry Translation Centre, 2021), is online at MPT magazine. This is a generous selection of poems (in a neat, pocket-sized French/English edition - perfect to carry with me on a recent train journey) from a poet widely… Continue reading My review of a new selection of poems by Abdellatif Laâbi

Richard Price’s poem, first published at And Other Poems, commended in the Forward Prizes

I'm delighted that one of the poems first published at And Other Poems, the online site I edit, has been highly commended in this year's Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and published in their annual anthology. The poem is 'Personality Test with Worked Examples' by Richard Price and can be viewed at And Other… Continue reading Richard Price’s poem, first published at And Other Poems, commended in the Forward Prizes

January 2021 at And Other Poems

the image is of a bench on sparse land in the middle of winter

Jessica Mookherjee began the new year at And Other Poems with two poems offering glimpses of the end of the world, and dreams of the moon singing Indian lullabies on the pier at Mumbles Head.   Eve Ellis, meanwhile, gave us a prose poem about watching a film on TV, maybe a real film or… Continue reading January 2021 at And Other Poems

December 2020 at And Other Poems

a metallic leaf hanging from a tree with words from The Tempest engraved on it

I opened submissions at my poetry site And Other Poems in November, after a break of 20 months.  Over 700 poems arrived and I've been posting selected poems ever since.  I wrote about November poems here, and this post includes links to all of the poems posted in December, and some snippets. I hope you… Continue reading December 2020 at And Other Poems

Interview with Children’s Poet Shauna Darling Robertson

  Hi Shauna, and congratulations on the publication of your first book-length collection for children, Saturdays at the Imaginarium (Troika Books, 2020). How long did the book take you to write?   Thanks very much – and good question! I guess the process began five years ago when I spent a wonderful week at the… Continue reading Interview with Children’s Poet Shauna Darling Robertson

November 2020 at And Other Poems

The subtitle of this post could be "Hold your phone sideways" since this is the best way to read poems on websites if you're reading from your phone. Once you do it, you'll never regret it.   This month, my poetry site And Other Poems opened its doors again after a twenty month break. I… Continue reading November 2020 at And Other Poems