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Turkish Commemoration/National Poetry Day/Tony Walsh – Poetry News Roundup December 21st

 

In todays news round up we look at the annual commemoration ceremony that takes place in Turkey to honour 13th century poet Rumi, we also have an article about the winners of the National Poetry Day competition which was run back in September and finally a new poem from Tony Walsh which looks back on the events of 2017 and celebrates the North west of England. Turkish President Celebrates the Works ...

Mary Ashley Townsend Poems

 

Mary Ashley Townsend was a 19th century American poet and novelist whose ancestors originated from Europe’s Low Countries. She was born Mary Ashley van Voorhis on the 24th September 1832 in Lyons which is in Wayne County, New York.  She was educated at a small school in Fellows Corners and then went to the Lyons Academy.  Growing up on the family farm as an  ...

Dareen Tatour/Queen’s Gold Medal – Poetry News Roundup December 20th

 

In today's news round-up here at My Poetic Side we revisit the story of Dareen Tatour, the Palestinian poet who is under house arrest and learn that the courts are still deliberating on her case. We also bring you an article about the winnner of the Queen’s gold medal for poetry The Poet Still Under House Arrest Earlier this year we brought you the ...

Ovid/Banksy – Poetry News Roundup December 19th

 

In today's poetry round up we take a look at the poet Ovid, whose exile has finally been revoked 2000 years after his death and we note that the “Banksy of Poetry” has struck again in Cornwall. After 2000 Years Ovid’s Exile is Revoked It might be 2000 years since he died but Rome have finally formally taken back the long exile of  ...

Mikael Nalbandian Poems

 

Mikael Nalbandian was a 19th century Armenian poet with strong political views on Utopian socialism and revolutionary democracy.  During his short lifetime he was considered one of his country’s prominent writers and the words from one his poems, Song of an Italian Girl, were adapted for Armenia’s national anthem, Mer Heyrenik. He was born Mikhail Lazarevich Nalbandov on the 14th November 1829 in Nizhnii ...

Mary Anne Lamb Poems

 

Mary Anne Lamb was an English writer whose best-remembered piece of work was a collaboration with brother Charles Lamb called Tales from Shakespeare.  Between them they adapted the originals to make the stories more understandable for young readers.  Her literary success is, perhaps, all the more remarkable considering that she spent a great deal of her life incarcerated in mental institutions, a situation ...

Yu Guangzhong Passes Away – Poetry News December 18th

 

We begin the week with the sad news that the renowned Chinese poet, Yu Guangzhong has died at the age of 89 having been admitted to hospital last week with a suspected stroke. Yu Guangzhong, renowned Chinese poet passes away The sudden death of Yu Guangzhong (also known as Yu Kwang-Chung) the Chinese poet and renowned contemporary writer has caused a big stir amongst ...

Marya Zaturenska Poems

 

Marya Zaturenska was a 20th century American, Russian-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.  Her poetry was mostly written in a lyrical, optimistic style with occasional dark themes running through it. She was born on the 12th September 1902 in Kiev but she was taken to the United States in 1910 where the family joined the ever growing tide of migrants from Europe in setting up home ...

Ottawa/8 Year Old/Ties between China and Ukraine – Poetry News Roundup December 15th

 

Our final news round-up of the week looks at the use of poetry between the members of Parliament in Ottawa in what appears to be something of an annual tradition. We also bring you an article about an 8-year-old poet who is not afraid to tell Donald Trump to stop, and finally the statues of poets that celebrate 25 years of ties between China and the Ukraine. Poetry in Parliament...

Max Eastman Poems

 

Max Eastman was an American poet, philosopher and, in his younger days, a keen exponent of radical politics as practiced amongst people of a similar outlook in areas of New York City such as Greenwich Village.  He was a patron of the “Harlem Renaissance” which promoted African-American culture and literature and he developed a strong affiliation with communist and socialist movements.  However, following ...