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Nicanor Parra Passes Away – Poetry News January 24th

 

On today’s poetry news roundup, we bring you the sad news that the literary world has lost a shining light in the form of the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra who passed away on 23rd January at the age of 103. Chilean Poet Nicanor Parra Has Died at the Age of 103 The death of the eminent Chilean poet, Nicanor Parra has been announced in ...

Forward Prize Judges/WW1 Centenary – Poetry News Roundup January 23rd

 

In today's poetry round-up here at My Poetic Side we bring you a news article about the judges for the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018, and we take a look at the poetry that will be part of the commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War One. Judges Announced for 27th Annual Forward Prizes for Poetry The chair for this year’s ...

Margaret Sackville Poems

 

Margaret Sackville was an aristocratic English writer who wrote poetry, novels and plays for both adults and children.  Her output was considerable with over 40 titles to her name. At the beginning of the First World War she was active in the peace movement, joining the Union of Democratic Control to voice her opposition to the war. She was born Lady Margaret Sackville on Christmas ...

RIP Jenny Joseph – Poetry News January 19th

 

In our final poetry round up of the week we bring you the sad news that Jenny Jospeh, the poet who inspired the creation of the Red Hat Society has passed away at the age of 85. Poet Jenny Joseph Passes Away at the age of 85 The poet Jenny Joseph, who is perhaps best known for her poem “Warning”, died of natural ...

Marie E J Pitt Poems

 

Marie E J Pitt was an Australian poet, journalist and socialist activist who wrote a great deal about social injustices endured by the working classes.  She was a deeply religious woman, following the Christian Unitarian faith. She was born Marie Elizabeth Josephine McKeown on the 6th August 1869 in the Victorian gold mining town of Bullumwaal.  Her father was an Irish immigrant who had been attracted ...

Marie Under Poems

 

Marie Under was an Estonian poet considered by many literary historians to be one of her country’s finest.  Her efforts during a long life earned her eight nominations for the Nobel prize in literature. She was born on the 27th March 1883 in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia which was occupied by Russia at that time, and would be again.  Her father was a school teacher ...

Margaret Atwood Backlash/Coach House Books/Philip Larkin – Poetry News Roundup January 18th

 

In today's poetry news roundup we take a look at the backlash caused by comments from the poet Margaret Atwood. We also look into an article on Coach House Books in Toronto, and finally, we look into the newly revealed correspondence from Philip Larkin. Poet Faces Backlash over #MeToo Remarks Margaret Atwood, the Canadian Poet and Novelist who is probably best known for ...

Marjorie Pickthall Poems

 

Marjorie Pickthall was an English-born Canadian poet and novelist whose reputation was such that many considered her to be the finest Canadian poet of her era. She was born Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall on the 14th September 1883 in the Gunnersbury district of west London, the daughter of a surveyor who once said that he believed that his daughter knew what ...

Danish Poet Arrested/National Culture Day/Jayadev Award – Poetry News Roundup January 17th

 

Today at My Poetic side our news roundup includes articles about the arrest of the Danish poet Yahya Hassan, The Romanian National Culture Day and the 2017 winner of the Jayadev National Poetry Award 2017. Danish Poet Arrested Following Twitter Post Yahya Hassan, a leading contemporary poet in Denmark was arrested at the weekend following an incident in which he posted a photo on ...

Martin Madan Poems

 

Martin Madan was an 18th century writer, clergyman and barrister.  He was mostly known for his Methodist hymn writing, these efforts being known collectively as The Lock Hospital Collection.  One of his most famous compositions was the Christmas carol Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, a song still sung today all over the world.  He was a practicing preacher until forced to give up ...