The Larkin and East Riding Poetry Prize 2013.

The prestigious Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition is now open for entries.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by one the UK’s most influential poets, Jackie Kay. Poems are submitted anonymously so each entry is judged on its own merits. Winners and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Bridlington Poetry Festival (14-16 June 2013) in the company of some of the UK’s finest poets, including the Prize’s Judge, Jackie Kay.

Further details here.

Poetry Boom Boom

So poetry staggered into the twentieth century and by the end found itself in what was to become the tiniest ghetto of minority tastes and obsolescent arts, outclassed even by jazz, opera and classical ballet. The arrival of new technologies that gave rise to film and recorded music pushed it even further into the margins.

Read the rest of my article at The Fortnightly Review.

Poetry magazines.

This site contains Poetry Library’s free access non-profit-making online archive of English 20th and 21st century poetry magazines which is part of the library’s ongoing digitisation project funded by the Arts Council England.

The Poetry Library launched in 2003. It aims to reach new audiences and preserve the magazines for the future.

It already holds more than 6,000 poems published in over 50 different magazines, with work by Fleur Adcock, Jen Hadfield, Seamus Heaney, Michael Horovitz, Jackie Kay, Edwin Morgan, Paul Muldoon, Les Murray, Sheenagh Pugh, Owen Sheers, Fiona Sampson, Penelope Shuttle and many more.

The website has been selected by the British Library to be archived by its digital heritage web archiving project, the UK Web Archive.

Source: The South Bank Poetry Library.

Some old, some new and some departed.

In the Loop on Radio Wildfire.

There’s a new format for The Loop on Radio Wildfire – and there’s a longer than ever selection of stories, satires, poetry, spoken word, music and interview playing 24/7@

For the first time ever The Loop now features a repeat of the whole of the latest edition of our re:Lit programme (from Monday January 7th 2013). Responding to listener comments, that means you can catch up with tracks from cds by Bradford’s Nick Toczek and Poetry Cornwall’s Les Merton with The Moontones. Plus tracks uploaded to the Submit page of the Radio Wildfire website by Mark Goodwin; Gable Ratchet; Bissecta and Kinsâme from Montpellier; 6&8 with poet Jessica Peace and Rory McCormick; Savaran with Danish poet Sarah Maria Raun; and The Antipoet – a feast of poetry with a plethora of musical styles and ambient backing, plus all the chat between.

Also in the programme you can hear the winners of the Narrated Tales competition that we have been running in conjunction with the online fiction community, with stories from Massimo Marino, Jessica Sepple and Robbie MacInnes. And we have an intriguing new story from Ireland Shergar in the Fairy Ring written and read by Catherine Vallely – the show is introduced, as usual, by Dave Reeves.

PLUS The Loop has a rerun of Tony Judge’s satire A Brief and Approximate Guide to Space – which means there’s over two hours of listening.

So join us and listen by going to and clicking on The Loop.

(And don’t forget, you can upload soundfiles of your own work to the ‘Submit’ page of the Radio Wildfire website. Mp3s are our preferred format. You can also ensure you always get reminders of upcoming shows on Radio Wildfire by following us on Twitter.)

The Loop is curated by Vaughn Reeves and will play online continuously for the next month (approximately), except during our live broadcast on Monday 4th February starting at 8.00pm UK time with a full programme of pre-recorded tracks, live studio guests and conversation.

We hope you enjoy it.

Best wishes from the folk at Radio Wildfire.


Radio Wildfire is an independent online radio station which blends spoken word, poetry, performance literature, comedy, storytelling, short stories and more with a novel selection of word/music fusion and an eclectic mix of musical styles. currently broadcasts live 8.00-10.00pm (UK time) on the first Monday of every month.

Listen to Radio Wildfire at where The Loop plays 24 hours a day.

Faber offers poetry e-books with audio.

Faber has launched a series of digital-only poetry e-books being described as “a new way to appreciate poetry”.

The Faber Voices series of e-books presents selections of each poet’s work with a line-by-line synchronised recording of the author reading their own poems.

The series, launching with work from Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin and Wendy Cope, is built with Epub 3.0 and available on the Apple iBooks platform.

Henry Volans, head of digital at Faber, said: “Faber Voices has the potential to bring poetry in its spoken form—read by the poets—to a larger audience than ever before. In harnessing the recordings to the written works in a single e-book we believe we are presenting a new way to appreciate poetry.”

The four launch titles are just the start of what Volans promised would be “a significant new list designed to grow as e-books themselves become ever more sophisticated”.

Each title is priced at £2.99.

Source: The Bookseller.

A collaborative Tarot poem sequence by current students.

The following sequence was devised and created by current students on their own initiative via their Facebook group.


The structure must be either a four line poem containing fourteen words, or a three line poem containing twenty-one words plus a one word title. The last word of the first line in each poem must rhyme with the last word of the poem above. The numbers come from the typical tarot deck which contains four suits of fourteen cards each and twenty-one trump cards plus one trump, which is The Fool. Only the poems of three lines comprised of twenty-one words are supposed to have titles. These titles, as inspired by The Fool card, are meant to be foolish.

Shirley Bell

‘I am fortune’s fool!’
cried Romeo as Juliet
reeled past, lashed
to fate’s wheel.


Steve Lint


The hanged man thrust his fetid heel
towards the sun, moon and star,
who had blasted the tower of these lovers.


Cassandra Cash

Intoxicated by knowledge, he discovers
pleasures of seclusion
awaiting an honest spark
to ignite


Laura Clipson


Death rides and brings fright,
skeletal, brandishing a rose; none understand,
the old must die to make way for the new.


Tina Panface Daley


Kneeling on stars of dew
she holds captive the essence of existence,
which oozes from chalices bringing life to the earth.


Matt Ellis


Rising from blood and mirth,
blade of silver arcs resplendent through ashes,
freeing the soul of his mephistophelean veil, unlatch, unleash.


Mido Elwaheidi


O death! Is contemplating in you like hashish?
No answer did I find, death is my fate
As it is yours


Joel Leverton

The heights of Everest, floors
Of canyon and cave,
Hanged men
See it all


Stewart Norvill


wait by the tree and leaves will fall
and grow and cards are just a game
until she wants her payment


Rosie Temple


The Fool dines with Uncertainty, patient,
treading the watery pathways wept by a scheming orb.
On the banks, the wolf howls.


Ian Turner

Traitor on the prowl,
Judas with a gun,
In school,
Their time has come.


Shirley Bell


Yet after horror there is always sun,
gilding the upturned faces of the flowers
and drying the tears of our children.


Steve Lint


The Blasted Tower, silly house and garden,
the danged bivouac, the flippin’ penthouse suite,
the blinking caravan, and the risible gite.


Cassandra Cash

Her trickery tastes sweet
the manipulation of velvet gloves
enchanting, deceptive,
the Magician’s assistant


Laura Clipson

The Hermit is distant,
hiding from dragons
of the real world;
isolation impedes growth.


Tina Panface Daley


Bread comes by the loaf,
Fruit comes by the pound, Gold comes by the ounce
And death comes by the hand.


Matt Ellis


White feathers silver and grand,
herald of the doomed man’s fame,
loose the arrows in storm, ironic white flashes of scorn.


Mido Elwaheidi

Those opposing me will be torn
My decisions are irrevocable
no questions
no suggestions


Joel Leverton

I seek corrections
To alter my world.
These cards read directions;
Let future unfurl.


Stewart Norvill


passed up the Med from girl to girl
Harut and Marut’s paper trick
to lose you coins and empty cups alas


Rosie Temple


Desolate eyes, harass!
Pester the heavens strewn with possibilities.
Find your sky shepherd and surrender your soul to be driven on.


Ian Turner

Devil be gone,
temptation and greed,
sing a new song,
find a new creed.