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A poet recommends….

American poet Dobby Gibson (featured in blog posts on previous 2 days) took time during his New Year to give us the low-down on what poetry book inspires him to write poetry.  Also, a personal note on how the writing of his next book is progressing….

Question: What are you reading now?

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Dobby Gibson: The book I’m reading now is a 2017 book I’m rereading for probably the tenth time already. It’s called “There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé” by the American poet Morgan Parker.

This book is a total delight. Parker combines the unpredictable swervy-ness of a New York School-style of poetry with a wit, urgency and voice that is contemporary and completely her own. It was the most exciting book of poems I read in 2017. It’s a book that makes me want to write poems (the best kind!).

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Reading a wider world

Looking for new books to read in the new year?  The Guardian UK newspaper has come up with a reading list of diverse writing in English.  If you look at the reading lists on many University courses of English Literature, they are predominantly white, male writers.  Have a look at the Guardian list for alternative, equally well written books in English by a worldwide range … Continue reading Reading a wider world

7 actions for beginning writers

I found myself writing this encouragement to a young writer approaching a course in Literature at University – but much of it is useful to any beginning writers: 1.  Believe that you are a writer already. This is tough.  You think “But I haven’t had my first novel published!”  “But I haven’t sold my first filmscript…..” and the minute you say “I’m a writer” to … Continue reading 7 actions for beginning writers

Doing the Knowledge

I am doing the Knowledge – of world poetry.  (Today, it’s poet Moniza Alvi)

“Doing the Knowledge” is a phrase used normally to describe how taxi drivers learn the map of London by going through it, so they know routes to take their passengers there.  I am exploring the little-known-to-me or unexplored writings of poets
from outside the British Isle.

Guide Book

My guide and basic map is a book with 4 DVDs “In person: world poets” filmed and edited by Pamela Robertson-Pearce and Neil Astley of Bloodaxe Books.  Fifty-nine poets are featured, and they have also been videoed reading their poems and giving some small introduction.

I happened upon the book when I recently visited a large chain bookshop (but, nevertheless, a genuine real-life shelves/stairs/cafe bookshop).  And there I confronted my own mortality: 4 floors of books…. clearly there was no way that I
could read them all in a lifetime, even if I began immediately and did nothing else for the rest of my life.  (As if to underline the mortality idea, the sign in the shop was classical temple design and therefore unfortunately looked like the entrance to a mausoleum).  As with all unconquerable projects, you just IMG_3052.jpgmake a sigh and make a start.  So I dived into the poetry section.

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