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Maksym Rylsky/General Chiwenga/Seamus Heaney – Poetry News Roundup December 13th

 

In today's news round-up we bring you three stories; we look at the new collection of poetry from Maksy Rylsky that is due to be published shortly having been translated into English, the poet in Zimbabwe who wrote a poem about the General who was involved in the recent presidential coup and the Seamus Heaney International Visiting Poetry Fellow. Publishers Print New Book of Poetry by Maksym Rylsky Born in 1895, Maksym ...

Mary Eliza Fullerton Poems

 

Mary Eliza Fullerton was an Australian poet, novelist and occasional writer of articles for newspapers.  She often wrote using the pseudonym “Alpenstock” but when it came to publishing collections of poetry she also called herself simply “E”.  It is believed that she did this because she was conscious of the likely prejudicial reaction of the literary world to a woman author who did ...

Peterborough/Jerusalem – Poetry news Roundup December 12th

 

In today's news round-up we bring you the story of a poetry funding boost for Peterborough and the poem that found a new audience last week when Donald Trump made a startling announcement about Jerusalem. Peterborough Poetry to Receive Funding Boost Funding of £14,000 has been awarded to Charley Genever the former Poet Laureate of Peterborough. The money which has come from National Lottery ...

Mary Chudleigh Poems

 

The Lady Mary Chudleigh was an English poet whose strong views on the emancipation of women were, perhaps, well ahead of their time.  She wrote a number of poems and essays on the relationships between men and women and maintained a strong feminist stance in much of her work.  Her poem To the Ladies is a clear message to those women who, ...

Christmas Cards/UNESCO – Poetry News Roundup December 11th

 

We begin another week here on My Poetic Side with a news article about a collection of Christmas cards from Robert Frost that have gone on display for the first time in over a century. We also look at the UAE poetry form that has been offered UNESCO safeguarding status. The Christmas Cards of Robert Frost A selection of Christmas cards sent by ...

Maurice Thompson Poems

 

Maurice Thompson was an American writer whose poetry often featured elements from the natural world that he had a keen interest in, such as botany and ornithology.  He was also a novelist, essayist, engineer and lawyer who was elected a member of the Indiana State Legislature in 1879. He was born James Maurice Thompson on the 9th September 1844 in Fairfield, Indiana, the son ...

Sidewalks/Ireland’s new collections/Taylor Swift – Poetry News Roundup December 8th

 

Our final news round-up of the week brings you poetry for the sidewalks, the four poetry collections due to be launched in Ireland next weekend and That poem by Taylor Swift that seems to have caused quite some interest in the press this week. Santa Clarita Seeks Poetry for Sidewalks The city of Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County, California is seeking poets with ...

Maurice Rollinat Poems

 

Maurice Rollinat was a French poet whose life spanned the second half of the 19th century. He was born on the 29th December 1846 in the town of Châteauroux which is the capital of the department of Indre, located in central France.  When the boy was two years old his father was the local representative on the National Assembly.  One of his father’s close ...

Rejection/Helen Cadbury/Ontario Laureate – Poetry News Roundup December 7th

 

In today's poetry round-up we bring you a 90-year-old poetry rejection letter, the posthumous poetry book from Helen Cadbury and the proposal to create a poet laureate post in Ontario in honour of Gord Downie. Ouch, Now That’s a Rejection Letter! 90 years after it was written a rejection letter that certainly didn’t hold any punches has emerged. The letter from Angus & Robertson ...

Mathilde Blind Poems

 

Mathilde Blind was a 19th century English poet, although her place of birth was actually Germany.  At a time when it was rare for women to become famous writers she overcame long-established male prejudices and emulated the likes of Katharine Tynan and Amy Levy who had similar success.  A movement growing ever popular at the time was called “New Woman” and Blind soon ...