Poetry Day

Did I mention that today is inaugural All-Ireland Poetry Day?

Happy October 2nd to all the poets and poetry readers (and 30th birthday to Poetry Ireland)

There are events across the country today - see here for more or click on a county to see what’s on what’s happening near you.

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something beginning with ‘P’

Last night saw the (re?)launch of O’Brien Press’ award winning and successful poetry anthology Something Beginning with P.

Click on the image for a better look >>>

The new paperback edition follows the original four years later with no changes to the text - it is still edited by Seamus Cashman and it still brings some of Ireland’s best poets together alongside the artwork of Alan Clarke, Corrina Askin and Emma Page.

The poems move from funny to sad, poignant, mythological and farcical but each one of them is brought to life by the imaginative and fantastic illustrations that appear on every page. I couldn’t recommend a better anthology of Irish poetry for children.


linkage | things I like

> The Poetry Ireland Bookstore is up and running. Some of the best new poetry titles, including Harry Clifton’s new book, at really decent prices. Go on - splash out.

> Andrea Deakin‘s brilliant online newsletter is, ehm, online. (Via AchockaBlog)

> Grammatical correctness. Who could say no to such a move?

> Font Vader. (Made entirely out of Sans Serif fonts!?) Huzzah! (Via Boing Boing)

> Are these the greatest looking libraries in the world? (Via Deputy Dog)


on selling poetry

Following Darragh Doyle’s post about Pat Ingoldsby and the question:

How can the online community support our artists and poets more?

The most important way for the online community to help poets and artists is to buy their work.

Unfortunately, poetry books don’t sell and any drop in poetry sales is a big deal. Poets don’t write and produce books expecting a windfall from sales; but publishing is a numbers game. For publishers’ continued survival they have to turn some profit, no matter how small. And that profit relies on the continued support of readers.

Poetry Ireland is the national organisation, set-up to support poets and promote poetry across the country. As part of that remit it is working to promote the sale of poetry.

They are just about to launch an online bookstore – offering readers a chance to get some great books at low prices, direct from the publishers. The list of books offered is being finalised, and will include the recent winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004 by Harry Clifton (Wake Forest University Press).

Visit poetryireland.ie for more. (Cross post from here)

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Alan Finsberg | reading howl

A clip of the rarely filmed Alan Finsberg reading from his long poem Howl.

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