Why Do We Need Poetry?

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Clare Dyckhoff

When you're feeling overwhelmed or sad, it's incredibly easy to feel alone in this, and think that no one else would ever understand. But what I've found in poetry is that these very emotions and confused states of being you thought were so unusual and isolated to you, have been in fact the topic of address for many decades, and probably will continue to be so.

Woman Writes Powerful Poem To Her Mum Explaining What Depression Feels Like

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sabina Benaim suffers from depression. But it's something her mum just doesn't understand. To try and vocalise her thoughts and feelings to her mum...

Give Me A Sign

Ariane Sherine | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Ariane Sherine

Eventually, determined to solve the mystery, I pushed a card through the man's door, explaining that I loved his signs. I asked if I could write an article about him, and gave him my contact details.

This Site Turns Your Tweets Into Poetry

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Tech

Poetweet is a remarkable website that looks through your tweets and turns them into strangely beautiful surrealist poetry. Created in Brazil the we...

#NationalPoetryDay: Twitter's Funniest Reactions And Rhymes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Comedy

If you think that being limited to 140 characters means you can't write a poem, be funny, or do both, then you don't know Twitter. Today is Nationa...

Asa Bennett

Someone Wrote A Poem About PMQs And Sent It To John Bercow

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Politics

John Bercow has been getting tons of letters from the public, pouring scorn on parliament's "nodding donkeys" and "sneering fools" at Prime Minister'...

Combining Film and Poetry Is Child's Play

Robert Peake | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Peake

As part of this year's Poetry International festival, London's own Southbank Centre teamed up with the bosses of Filmpoem, PoetryFilm, and the Zebra Poetry Film Festival to launch, a competition for short films based on poems.

WATCH: The Most English Poem Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Comedy

We give Rudyard Kipling's classic poem a modern-day - and English - slant. (Created by David Schneider, Very British Problems and Handface) SEE ...

Poetry, Remixed

Robert Peake | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Robert Peake

The Poetry Storehouse has an excellent idea - to do for poetry what has worked so well for software, by making some of it "open source". They are gathering text and audio recordings of poetry, released by the author under a Creative Commons license.

Funny #NationalPoetryDay Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK Comedy

It's Poetry Day So we're searching on Twitter For tweets that do rhyme And will make us all titter And if you are trying To write some on your ...

Ether of love

William Nicholas Gomes | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
William Nicholas Gomes


'The Importance of This Art? To Move the World'

Naila Missous | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Naila Missous

Romero brings his poetic oratory together with a white background: he only wants you to hear the words. With a great focus on the language, his spoken words usually tends to focus on the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, facial expressions and body language. Actions, sometimes speak far louder in a performance.

An Interview With Mr Gee

Pete Strauss | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pete Strauss

I first got into Spoken Word around 2001. I was a part of a DJ outfit & we used to play Funk/Hip Hop/Garage/R&B at clubs up and down the UK (And even hit Ibiza). We were planning a special Valentine's night & there was this guy who wanted to propose to his girlfriend by reading her a poem.

The Underground Beast That Is Spoken Word

Pete Strauss | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pete Strauss

The most immediately striking thing about an evening of spoken word is the almost tangible electricity in the air. No one is quite sure what to expect because every act differs in tone, delivery, style and content which turns the evening into a mad up and down trajectory of individuals pouring their hearts and minds into a microphone for an appreciative audience.

What Is a Poet For?

Rick Holland | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rick Holland

Poetry for me is now gloriously blurred with colours, images, musics, streaming video, satellites. It is time to give it a new name. It is no longer 'hard', it is not elitist, it is not rarefied or magical or the arena of a select few, it is a safe environment to play with anything you want, without boundaries or judgement.

Five American Poets to Watch in 2013

Robert Peake | Posted 02.03.2013 | Home
Robert Peake

There are so many wonderful American poets who have not achieved the fame (or notoriety) sufficient to carry their names or poems across the pond. Here are five such diamonds in the rough, selected for their energy, tenacity, and all-around fine work, that are worth keeping an eye on in the coming year.

You're So London

Paul Hewitt | Posted 03.02.2013 | Home
Paul Hewitt

You're old, but your ever-changing looks say otherwise, you're gorgeous - one could say you're addicted to plastic surgery; I've always said it's a bad habit. Metallic was never your colour. You've never really listened to me.

Wild Cards

Alison Brackenbury | Posted 26.12.2012 | Home
Alison Brackenbury

If you like to think of your poems as horses (as I do), this is anyone's race.

Poets On Poetry: The 50 Greatest Quotes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home

What makes a good poem? How the hell can I write one? And even if I did - what's the point!? All valid questions, particularly on National Poetry D...

'The Heart Feels A Languid Grief' - How Centuries Of Poets Have Described Autumn

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 27.11.2012 | Home

The seasons have long been a source of inspiration for poets and writers and there are plenty of verses about what's currently going on outside your w...

Could You Do Better?

Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

You know the drill: your teacher asks you to compose a poem, you drum your fingers for a few hours and come up with something sickly sweet and frankly...

The Footage

Tim Cumming | Posted 10.07.2012 | Home
Tim Cumming

With the imminent release of The Dictator, Baron Cohen's despot comedy this new blog post is a new poem, begun on a flight to Khartoum last October, t...

Cut-Out And Keep Essential Everyday Verses on World Poetry Day

Ali | Alice E Vincent and Matthew Tucker | Posted 21.03.2012 | Home

It's World Poetry Day today, and what better way to celebrate than with a little extra lyricism in our lives? The pace of life in 2012 can make si...

Almost Eighteen Years On - How Poetry Slam Arrived in the UK!

John Paul O’Neill | Posted 15.02.2012 | Home
John Paul O’Neill

Farrago Poetry started life as The Farrago Collective Press in my final year at college. By 1993 the collective part was no more, everyone else had scattered following graduation, the focus had switched to performances and I was putting on shows at Chats Palace in Homerton

Clarity of Expression and Dirty Money in Poetry

Phil Brown | Posted 14.02.2012 | Home
Phil Brown

This month, Alice Oswald and John Kinsella withdrew themselves from the TS Eliot Prize shortlist. Their reasoning? The funding behind the TS Eliot prize now comes from Aurum, a hedge-fund investment company, rather than the recently withdrawn Arts Council Funding that used to keep the Poetry Book Society afloat.