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Konstantin Balmont Poems

 

Konstantin Balmont was a Russian poet of the Symbolist school who wrote during his country’s “Silver Age” of poetry, an era that had a similar impact on society as the “Golden Age” which had occurred a hundred years previously.  He was also a translator and literary critic. He was born Konstantin Dmitriyevich Balmont on the 15th June 1867 in a small village called Gumnishchi, which ...

Ewart Alan Mackintosh/Costa Book Awards – Poetry news Roundup November 22nd

 

Today in our poetry round up we look at the poetry of Ewart Alan Mackintosh and the man who is hoping to bring him back into the public eye. We also look at some of the nominations for the Costa Book Awards, 2017. The Relatively Unknown Scottish War Poet If it be life that waits I shall live for ever unconquered, If death I shall ...

Poetry and bins/AI/All Indian Poetry Winner – Poetry News Roundup November 21st

 

Today’s news round-up looks at the story of the bins that are upsetting poetry fans, the AI poetry writer and the winner of the All-India Poetry Prize, 2017. The Poets Memorial and the Bins This year marks 50 years since Patrick Cavanagh passed away. And with interest in his poetry on the increase his fans have recently become outraged by the actions of Dublin ...

Lauris Edmond Poems

 

Lauris Edmond, OBE was a 20th century, award winning New Zealand poet, playwright and novelist. She was born Lauris Dorothy Scott on the 2nd April 1924 in Dannevirke, Hawke’s Bay which is a small town on the north island.  When she was seven years old her home area was devastated by an earthquake which killed over two hundred people so she was lucky to ...

Ki no Tsurayuki Poems

 

Ki no Tsurayuki was a 9th  century Japanese waka poet and royal courtier who lived at the time of the Heian period, a time of great religious influence on the country from Buddhism and Chinese Taoism.  His most famous work was a collaboration with three other court poets on a waka anthology titled Kokin Wakashū, a major project ordered, and sponsored, by the ...

Modern War Poetry/National Book Award/University Poetry Centre – Poetry News Roundup November 20th

 

We begin the week here at My Poetic Side with articles about modern war poetry, the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry and the $500,000 grant given to a University Poetry Centre. Modern Day War Poetry to Overcome PTSD It has long been accepted that the works of prominent war poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon painted a ...

RIP Sarah Maguire – Poetry News November 17th

 

Here at My Poetic Side we have recently heard the sad news that Sarah Maguire the poet and translator has passed away at the age of 60, another loss in the literary world. Sarah Maguire, Poet and Translator RIP Sarah Maguire who had been struggling with breast cancer died on 2nd November 2017. During her lifetime, she played a valuable role in the world ...

Lady Caroline Lamb Poems

 

Lady Caroline Lamb was a colourful character in English society during the latter decades of the 18th and early decades of the 19th century.  She was an occasional poet and novelist but is best known for an infamous, torrid affair during the year 1812 with poet Lord Byron.  She was still married to the Hon. William Lamb, a man whose political career ...

CBC Poetry Prize/NASA poetry – Poetry News Roundup November 16th

 

Our Thursday poetry news round-up brings you an article about the finalists for the CBC Poetry Prize, and also a rather unusual story about poetry that has been sent into space as part of the NASA space program. CBC Poetry Prize Finalists The finalists for this year’s CBC Poetry Prize were announced yesterday by CBC Books and their partners in the prestigious competition. The ...

Lala Fisher Poems

 

Lala Fisher was an Australian born poet and literary editor. She was born on the 27th January 1872, and named Mary Lucy Richardson in Rockhampton, Queensland.  Her father, named Archibald, was a member of a team that had been out on expeditions mapping the area and later made a name for himself discovering precious stones, in the form of zircons and sapphires, close to ...