Promoting Mental Health: Three Good Reasons to Write Bad Poetry

Promoting Mental Health: Three Good Reasons to Write Bad Poetry

Dr Pooky Knightsmith  6.07.2016
You don't need to be a poet to write poetry, and you don't need to write 'good' poetry to get a lot out of it. I've found that the very...
The Many Frenemies of Luke Kennard

The Many Frenemies of Luke Kennard

Phil Brown  12.06.2016
In the eleven years since Luke Kennard won the Eric Gregory Award for The Solex Brothers, he has released five collections, two pamphlets,...
Book Review: No Map Could Show Them by Helen Mort

Book Review: No Map Could Show Them by Helen Mort

Phil Brown  6.06.2016
In the poems which follow, Mort often uses pronouns to emphasise conflict between the female climbers and the male hegemony they are flouting;...
Book Review: Holy Toledo! by John Clegg

Book Review: Holy Toledo! by John Clegg

Phil Brown  4.06.2016
As the truism goes, we get our whole lives to write a debut, and considerably less to produce the follow up. As a result, second collections...
Review: Idiot Verse by Keaton Henson

Review: Idiot Verse by Keaton Henson

Phil Brown  1.06.2016
"I am willing to pay due respect to the poetry of George Meredith, of Thomas Hardy, of DH Lawrence as part of their oeuvre, without conceding...
Simon Armitage's Translation of Pearl - Review

Simon Armitage's Translation of Pearl - Review

Phil Brown  22.05.2016
"If every person in the country was buying poetry and it was available on every street corner and when you turned on BBC 1 on Saturday...
The Advantage of Adversity: A Different Perspective on Depression

The Advantage of Adversity: A Different Perspective on Depression

James Shillcock   20.05.2016
The one thing that running a business has taught me is that things are never constant. Things are never permanent. You cannot separate...
Writing Poetry for Addiction Recovery - A Case Study

Writing Poetry for Addiction Recovery - A Case Study

Annabel Burn  13.05.2016
Poetry has been in the news due to its usefulness in therapy, helping the traumatised, the bereaved, and those who just have difficulty...
Is Beyoncé Recast as Lady Macbeth in Lemonade?

Is Beyoncé Recast as Lady Macbeth in Lemonade?

Phil Brown  8.05.2016
With her latest album, Lemonade, Beyoncé seems intent on disrupting that narrative. Let us not forget that Lady Macbeth disappears halfway...
The Wild Gaze

The Wild Gaze

Phil Brown  4.05.2016
"You might not think that these two interests, capturing animals and writing poems, have much in common. But the more I think back the...
Dreaming up a Good Nightlife

Dreaming up a Good Nightlife

Sonja Lewis  25.04.2016
Feeling groggy and hung-over one morning recently -- though I had not had a drink for days, nor consumed sugar or refined carbs -- I remarked...
Irish Poetry Prize Goes to Dashboard Confessional

Irish Poetry Prize Goes to Dashboard Confessional

Phil Brown  24.04.2016
"In modern times, poets write parodies about love. They send themselves up. Love poetry has become a form of retaliating first." E.A....
Snapshot of the Poet in the Portrait

Snapshot of the Poet in the Portrait

Phil Brown  16.04.2016
Benjamin Sullivan's recent BP Award-nominated portrait of Hugo Williams is a powerful thing. It stirs memories in me of my experiences...

The Two Americans Who Trumped British National Poetry Competition

Phil Brown  11.04.2016
Parenthood is also at the centre of the competition's winning poem by Eric Berlin, though this is not revealed until the devastating final...