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Japanese Award/Poet drama with Banknote/Ledbury Competition – Poetry News Roundup December 5th

 

Another news round-up and today we bring you the story of a poet who was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, the controversy over the poet on an Israeli banknote and finally the 2017 winner of the Ledbury Poetry Competition. Japanese Order of the Rising Sun Awarded to Poet One of the most distinguished national decorations in Japan has recently been awarded ...

Masaoka Shiki Poems

 

Masaoka Shiki  was a Japanese poet and literary critic who lived during his country’s Meiji period which ran from 1868 to 1912.  He was one of the earlier exponents of the modern version of haiku poetry and is considered, by some students of the art, to be one of the four great haiku masters.  He also specialised in the short-form version ...

Chinese Military/JFK/Harry and Meghan – Poetry News Roundup December 4th

 

As December gets underway we begin another week with a round-up of poetry news. Today we offer you stories about poetry quoted by top Chinese Military, the John F. Kennedy Centennial Poetry Contest and the poem for Harry and his Fiancée. Poetry Used to Mock Australian Concerns When it comes to communications relating to military matters, poetry is not a form of communication that spring readily to mind, yet that is exactly ...

Lesbia Harford Poems

 

Lesbia Harford was an Australian poet and political activist.  She was also the author of a single novel called The Invaluable Mystery, but this was not published until 1987 which was sixty years after her death. She was born Lesbia Venner Keogh on the 9th April 1891 in the Victorian town of Brighton which is a suburb of Melbourne.  Her father was a struggling ...

Geoffrey Faber Prize/Shane Koyczan/Patrick Kavanagh – Poetry News Roundup December 1st

 

We have reached the end of another week here at My Poetic Side and today’s news roundup brings another poetry prize winner. We also take a brief look at Shane Koyczan and think about the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh on the 50th Anniversary of his death. Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize The 2017 winner of the biennial Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, which is named after ...

16 days/Faber and Faber/North Pole Poet – Poetry News Roundup November 30th

 

Thursday’s poetry round-up takes a look at the poet writing for 16 Days of Activism. We also take a look at what is something of an institution; the Faber and Faber Poetry Diary and finally the self-proclaimed “Poet Laureate of the North Pole”. Poetry for 16 Days of Activism This week, in conjunction with the worldwide observation of 16 Days of Activism, a movement ...

Lesya Ukrainka Poems

 

Lesya Ukrainka was one of Ukraine’s best known poets who also wrote plays.  She was politically active, especially on feminist issues. She was born Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka on the 25th February 1871 in the Ukrainian town of Novohrad-Volynskyi.  Her mother was a writer who used the pseudonym Olena Pchilka to write poetry and short stories aimed at children and it seems likely that she ...

Leslie Coulson Poems

 

Leslie Coulson was an English First World War poet and journalist who tragically lost his life on the battlefields of the Western Front. He was born on the 19th July 1889 in the Kilburn district of London, the son of a Sunday Chronicle journalist.  After a boarding school education in Norfolk he followed his father into newspapers, obtaining a post as a junior ...

Poetry on Vinyl/Vancouver Laureate – Poetry news roundup November 29th

 

In today’s new post we bring you a poetry round up that takes a look the return of poetry on vinyl and also the search for the 5th poet laureate of Vancouver. Live Poetry Returns to Vinyl One of the most prolific poets in America, Alice Notely, has created something a little different with her latest poetry collection. Rather than being published as a ...

Airport Poetry/Kenyon Prize/6 word memories – Poetry News Roundup November 28th

 

In todays round-up we bring you poetry at the airport, the 2017 Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, and the school children studying 6-word memories, and other types of poetry. Poetry at the Airport Canadians were delighted this weekend to find Peter Mansbridge, who retired as CBC’s The National news reader in July at Vancouver International Airport. With just a month to go he ...