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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 ...

Jules Supervielle Poems

 

Jules Supervielle was a Uruguayan poet, short story writer and playwright whose efforts earned him a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature on no less than three occasions. He was born on the 16th January 1884 in Montevideo to a French father and a Basque mother.  Tragedy struck in the first year of his life though when both parents died while the family were ...

The Race against Time/The Bristol Poet/Poetry for Christmas – Poetry news roundup November 15th

 

In today’s poetry round up we bring you the race against time faced by the man writing the biography of Seamus Heaney, controversy surrounding the post of city poet for Bristol and the company who want to replace Christmas cards with poetry pamphlets. Race Against Time For award winning, Irish biographer Fintan O’Toole the race ...

RIP Dolores Kendrick – Poetry News November 14th

 

In today’s poetry round-up we bring you the sad news that another great poet has passed away.  Dolores Kendrick often referred to as DC’s “First Lady of Poetry” and poet laureate for nearly 20 years has died aged 90. RIP Dolores Kendrick, DC’s “First Lady of Poetry” Dolores Kendrick, who spent nearly two decades as the poet laureate of Washington DC passed away at ...

Edward Herbert of Cherbury Poems

 

Edward Herbert, the 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury KB, was a poet of English and Welsh origins.  He was also a distinguished soldier, diplomat and religious philosopher. He was born on the 3rd March 1583 at Eyton-on-Severn in Worcestershire, the son of Richard Herbert whose family links to the Earls of Pembroke enabled him to occupy Montgomery Castle in Wales.  He was taught ...