A Week in Words: Feb 2

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.

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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.”

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