Sunday 14 April 2013

Highly Recommended 14th April.

Building New Audiences:

'How can poetry - a low-tech, slow-burn art form - survive in an increasingly high-speed digital age?' The question, and part of the answer comes from a recent publication from Dedalus Press. Together with  Roger Gregg from the Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, they are attempting to bring poetry into the future by reclaiming some of its pre-literate origins, and by offering poetry performances and poetry cabaret.

The Bee-Loud Glade: A living anthology of Irish poetry, Edited and Introduced by Pat Boran includes a book of twenty-nine poems, nine of which are performed on an included cd.  It opens the world of poetry up to new audiences, including younger audiences whose interest in the music and performance may be their first point of contact with the work of the modern poets included here.
the musical styles are challenging becoming a vital element in the performance and ranging from easy-going jazz, to jazz improv., to cabaret. The strong Cork accent employed while reading Gerry Murphy's 'And she was beautiful and she was ferociously intelligent' was inspired and brought out the humour and desperate predicament of the poem.

Dedalus Press poets included are (work from those underlined features on the CD):
Leland Bardwell, Pat Boran, Paddy Bushe, Enda Coyle-Greene, Patrick Deeley, 
Theo Dorgan, Katherine Duffy, Gerard Fanning, Francis Harvey, 
Ann Joyce, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Tom Mathews, James J. McAuley, 
Iggy McGovern, Mary Montague, Gerry Murphy, John O'Donnell, 
Mary O'Donoghue, Paul Perry, Leeanne Quinn, Billy Ramsell, 
Gabriel Rosenstock, Gerard Smyth, Dolores Stewart, Grace Wells, 
Joseph Woods, Macdara Woods, Enda Wyley.

Irish Pen have also identified the area of Performance Poetry as one to be explored, and passed on a link which will allow poets to begin recording their work, or work of favourite poets. Listen to the recording here of 'Telephone' by Wole Soyinka.

If you would like to try recording the Poetry Foundation provide access here:

I would recommend listening to performances before beginning your own, and bear in mind that a performance lends itself  to one interpretation, rather than the multiple interpretations which a text allows. However, the possibilities of reaching new audiences are there and Crazy Dog Audio Theatre are excellent performers, as is Eabha Rose, whose reading of Sharon Frye's poem we featured recently (okay, the link is here: )

Roger Gregg is also teaching at the Gaiety School of Acting, and has a great website with clips from his work and insights into making your own audio theatre. We will be taking a more in-depth look into his CD's and courses, next week.(


Next week in Washington there is a poetry reading from three leading poets:

Poetry reading featuring Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon and John Koethe and organised by David C. Ward at
The Smithsonian Institute, 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington.
Sunday, 21st April at 14:00 

Yusef Komunyakaa

"He takes on the most complex moral issues, the most harrowing ugly subjects of our 
American life. His voice, whether it embodies the specific experiences of a black man,
a soldier in Vietnam, or a child in Bogalusa, Louisiana, is universal. It shows us in
 ever deeper ways what it is to be human."
- Toi Dericotte, for the Kenyon Review. 

Born in Louisiana in 1947, Komunyakaa was raised during the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. He received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of Copacetic, a collection of poems built from colloquial speech which demonstrated his incorporation of jazz influences. He has published widely and received both the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989. Other awards include: the 2011Wallace Stevens Award; the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize; the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes; the Thomas Forcade Award; the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; the Louisiana Arts Council; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

He lives in New York City where he is currently Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University's graduate creative writing program.

Paul Muldoon

"the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War." 
- The Times Literary Supplement 

Born in 1951 in Northern Ireland, since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University. In 2007 he was appointed Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary Fellow of Hertford College.

Paul Muldoon's main collections of poetry are New Weather (1973), Mules (1977), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Quoof (1983), Meeting The British (1987), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), The Annals of Chile (1994), Hay (1998), Poems 1968-1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Horse Latitudes (2006), and Maggot (2010).

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry.


“one of our foremost Romantic poets, an inheritor of the tradition of Stevens and Ashbery.” 
– Critic Andrew Yaphe 

Koethe’s longer poems, occasionally formal or metered, show the influence of Elizabeth Bishop, William Wordsworth, Marcel Proust, Mark Strand, and Kenneth Koch. He regards his poetry “as music and I think of it in terms of movements and sounds and the way it flows rather than content.” As critic Robert Hahn notes, “Koethe’s poetry is ultimately lyrical, and its claim on us comes not from philosophy’s dream of precision but from the common human dream that our lives make some kind of sense. What Koethe offers is not ideas but a weave of reflection, emotion, and music; what he creates is art—a bleak, harrowing art in all it chooses to confront, but one whose rituals and repetitions contain the hope of renewal.” 

The author of several collections of poetry, including North Point North: New and Selected (2002), Ninety-fifth Street (2009), and ROTC Kills (2012), John Koethe also publishes and teaches philosophy, focusing on the philosophy of language. Koethe began writing poetry as an undergraduate at Princeton University and received his PhD from Harvard. 


Carve Magazine - poefictiontry
What is poefictiontry? To put it simply, it’s poetry that tells a story. Or maybe it’s flash fiction that sounds lyrical.

Fugue Annual writing contest (Poetry and Fiction). Deadline May 1st, 2013.  

Since 1990, Fugue has been promoting diverse literary voices of new and established writers. Past contributors have included: Steve Almond, Charles Baxter, Stephen Dobyns, Denise Duhamel, Stephen Dunn, Michael Martone, Campbell McGrath, W.S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Jim Shepard,  RT Smith, Virgil Suarez, Melanie Rae Thon, Natasha Trethewey, Anthony Varallo, Robert Wrigley, Dean Young, and B.H. Fairchild.
Fugue is made possible by funding from the University of Idaho's English Department and Creative Writing Program and is published semiannually winter/spring and summer/fall. 

Montucky Review will look at Poetry and Prose. Submission guidelines here:

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