I come across a lot of great articles on-line about poetry, writing, creativity and the Arts and usually share them on my Facebook page / Twitter. Of course, if you’re not on Facebook or Twitter (seriously?), and even if you are, it’s all to easy to miss out on a gem.
So, I’m going to do a round-up post once a week of my favourite reads to enjoy over Sunday brunch or relaxing, with your feet up in the evening.
Yes, I do realise it’s Tuesday! I got a bit distracted by current events in Ireland, last Sunday, so here’s last week’s round-up and keep an eye out for a Week in Words in its regular slot from next Sunday onward.
Poem of the Week:
The Compromise – Matthew Sweeney on Poetry International
Image of ISS transiting the Moon by Thierry Legault.
A Darned Good Read:
Poetry Pairing – The New York Times
American Life in Poetry – Weekly US Poetry Column
Bare Hands – Poetry & Photography: Issue 19
9 Best Books on Reading & Writing
Judging Books by their Covers: US vs UK
Book The Writer: Authors Attending Book Clubs
Why is Modern Poetry So Bad? – The Washington Post
Submissions & Competitions:
The Short Story Challenge 2014 – 6th Feb
Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust Poetry Competition – 7th March
Silver Apples E-Zine – 31st March
Advice for Poets:
“I will be waiting quietly for your poems to speak to me” – Alison Brackenbury for Poetry Space Competition
What Editors Want: A Must Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines – The Review Review
Upcoming Literary Events in Ireland:
Carcanet’s Irish Launch Tour with Caoilinn Hughes, Tara Bergin & Rory Waterman – Galway (5th), Dublin (6th), Belfast (7th)
The Ash Sessions: Cover of Love – Dublin – 9th Feb
Cork Spring Poetry Festival – 12th – 15th Feb – with Billy Collins, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin & more.
Quote of the Week: Nick Hornby:
.“All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. … But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.”