Poem of the Day at the National Poetry Library, UK.

The image is of four dried-out sweet william plants, parched of all colour because of hot weather and no rain, laid out on a white page in four lines as if four lines of a poem. At the top of the page, handwriting in blue ink reads 'poem with no rhyme or rain'.

One of my visual poems, an ecopoem called 'poem with no rhyme or rain', was selected as a joint winner in a competition for Instagram poems on the theme of 'the environment' - which was the theme for National Poetry Day (UK) this year - run by the National Poetry Library. It was also chosen… Continue reading Poem of the Day at the National Poetry Library, UK.

We found the O My! in No Mow May

I've made a poem collage for  the Begin Afresh Campaign for Poets for the Planet  following their open call for poems which reads as follows: Poets for the Planet warmly invite you to join us in writing poems on the theme of ‘beginning afresh’. We are calling for poems that respond to the need for… Continue reading We found the O My! in No Mow May

Poetry responding to Climate Change: Simon Armitage

I enjoyed hearing Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's poem 'Ark' on BBC Radio 4 this week.  The poem was written to commemorate the launch of the UK's new polar research ship, the 'Sir David Attenborough'. Here is a clip of Simon Armitage reading the poem: https://twitter.com/BBCr4today/status/1177172927478976513   and here is a link to the poem on… Continue reading Poetry responding to Climate Change: Simon Armitage

Poetry responding to climate change

Like many people I've been thinking more and more about climate change, inspired by the activism of Greta Thunberg and others.  Recent poetry events like the 2018 Ginkgo Prize readings at Poetry in Aldeburgh (by the way, the 2019 Ginkgo Prize - "the world's biggest ecopoetry prize" - has just launched) and the Autumn 2018… Continue reading Poetry responding to climate change