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Statues Causing Controversy – Poetry news Roundup July 24th

 

Our final news round-up of the week takes a look at two statues causing controversy, one in Georgia and the other in the US. Historic Tensions Highlighted by Writers Statue 40 kilometres away from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, lies a small park in front of the cultural centre of the town of Marneuli. The shiny black plinth is topped with a grey statue of ...

Poem For A Princess/Poet’s Cottage For Sale/Young Poet To Be Published – Poetry News Roundup July 23rd

 

Today's poetry news round-up takes a look at a bridegroom's poetic tribute to his new bride, the cottage with a poetry connection that is up for sale and the young poet who has secured a publishing deal. Wedding Poem for a Princess At the end of last week, the world discovered that Princess Beatrice had married her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a “secret ...

Rumi translation/Voices of Poetry – Poetry News Roundup July 22nd

 

Today, My Poetic Side focuses on a story surrounding a Rumi translation and the 'Voices of Poetry'. Rumi Poetry New Translation to be Released Shortly Farrukh Dhondy is shortly to release “Rumi: A New Translation” a book which contains just a small selection of the works of the poet Rumi. The author is of the opinion that both Rumi and the Sufi both search ...

E.E. Cummings’ Unpublished Letter – Poetry News July 21st

 

Today we look at the story of the previously unpublished letter from the poet E.E Cummings. The Poet and the Sex Worker A selection of letters that have previously never been seen show that a wartime romance between the poet E.E Cummings and a sex worker was far more than the casual fling that it was previously believed to have been, and may ...

Ecopoetry/Online Poetry Festivals – Poetry News Roundup July 20th

 

We begin another week here on My Poetic Side with a look at Ecopoetry. We also look at two festivals which will be going online this week. Ecopoetry – The New Buzzword The world is facing a significant amount of biodiversity loss on a scale that is unprecedented – it is believed that as many as one million species are close to extinction. Poetry ...

Poet’s Positive COVID-19 Test/Grants For African American Sites – Poetry News Roundup July 17th

 

We end the week here on My Poetic Side with the news that an Indian poet has tested positive for COVID-19 and the story about a grant for restoration work for a poet's former home. Poet Tests Positive for COVID-19 Earlier this week we brought you the news of a poet in India who had been moved from prison to hospital after his health ...

Alabama School Renaming/Patrick Kavanah Centre – Poetry News Roundup July 16th

 

Today My Poetic Side's news focuses on the decision in Alabama to rename a school that is linked with a poet and the recently refurbished Patrick Kavanagh Centre. School Named After Poet to Be Renamed A school board in Alabama has made the decision to rename three of its high schools; one is named in honour of a poet who served on the rebel ...

Message Of Hope From Roger McGough/Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize – Poetry News Roundup July 15th

 

Today, we take a look at the poet helping to make a programme for prison radio and the winners of the Ken Saro-Wiwa poetry Prize. Roger McGough Broadcasts Message of Hope with Archbishop As part of a unique broadcast on behalf of the National Prison Radio the poet Roger McGough has joined forces with Archbishop John Wilson, who is the Vice President of ...

Poet Moved To Hospital/Assault Allegations In Egypt – Poetry News Roundup July 14th

 

Today in our poetry news round-up, we look at the poet who has finally been allowed to move from prison to hospital for tests and the accusations of sexual assault made by a poet against a writer in Egypt. Ailing Poet Transferred to Hospital An 81-year-old poet, Varavara Rao who has been in prison since his arrest for alleged violence in 2018 was transferred ...

Mark Twain Collection/Lockdown Poetry Competition/Hartnett Poetry Award – Poetry News Roundup July 13th

 

We begin another week here on My Poetic Side with a look at the poet who has donated his Mark Twain collection, the poetry competition inspired by lockdown and the 2020 Michael Hartnett Poetry Award. Poet Offers Extensive Mark Twain Collection to New York College Curt Curtin, a poet and retired college professor from Worchester who is now 90 has donated his comprehensive ...