The Light Dancing
When I close the door
I imagine him in the front yard
Now coming from the Big Field,
(first published in Ropes 2015. Issue 23)
I had a child’s view of her,
She measured me
(first published in Skylight 47. Issue 5 )
The Light Dancing” and “Lizzie” are © Catherine Conlon
Beyond the Front Door
Denise Blake has two collections, Take a Deep Breath (2004) How to Spin Without Getting Dizzy (2010) published by Summer Palace Press She is a regular contributor to RTE radio 1’s show, Sunday Miscellany . Denise read as part of the Poetry Ireland’s Lunchtime Series and at ÓBhéal as well as many other readings around the country. She is on the Poetry Ireland directory for Writers in Schools and has wide experience facilitating workshops for adults.
I wanted to read or hear the narrative of someone else – a woman and a poet – who has gone here and been there. Who had lifted the kettle to a gas-stove. Who had set her skirt out over a chair, near to the clothes dryer, to have it without creases for the morning. Who had made the life meet the work and had set it down.
Eavan Boland , from Object Lessons. publ. Carcanet 1995.
As ever, thanks to my readers who keep coming back to read, to make suggestions, and to send poems. My feeling is that overall 2012 has been a good year for women poets. There have been the usual scant begrudging reviews, there is still a visibility issue in terms of how many women are published, but poets like Alice Oswald, Ros Barber, Carol Ann Duffy, Eavan Boland, and all the women here published have most definitely placed the woman-poet in her room, on the street, and in the bookshop where young women and upcoming poets may find her if they care to look.
I have added a list of blogs, journals, reviews and interesting sites to the end this post. I often link to my favourite blogs and sites directly in the posts. This year, I mention in particular Bone Orchard Poetry, CanCan, and WurminApfel. My perennial favourite websites are Jacket2, Guernica, The Harriet Blog (Poetry Foundation), Lemon Hound and Poetry Ireland
The easiest way to do this is to link the poets and translators published this year of 2012 as they were published. There is a handy monthly (2008-2012) archive to your right (and up the page a wee bit)
The image is ‘Life or Theatre’ by Charlotte Salomon
Given that the Irish Times Books of the Year did not make mention of poetry books for 2011, I thought to add some links to Irish poetry presses and imprints for those readers of poetry who are not catered for in the list-system. I have to say that I do not think of such ephemera as dates when I approach a book of poetry and my reading included some 2010 volumes (and earlier). The beauty of poetry is that it is timeless and poetry books are always relevant. I am going to add links for some poetry publishers, and then some good online resources for readers and writers of poetry. I wonder how many of the books at link will survive the test of time ? (or even taste, ” So good, so funny, so real, so very, very sad” , is what amounts to review in the article).
Irish presses and poetry journals.
- The Gallery Press have an eminently worthwhile list of poets and writers, I am adding a link to their online catalogue for this and for previous years. http://www.gallerypress.com/wprs/shop/category/poetry/
- Dedalus Press is a vibrant and industrious publisher of Irish titles , their catalogue can be found here
- Salmon Press has a wonderful list of poets, and this year published Ann le Marquand Hartigan and Nuala Ní Chonchúir amongst other titles http://www.salmonpoetry.com/bookshop2.php?c2=2
- Cló iar-Chonnacht has an eclectic list of Irish Language artists, both musical and poetic, http://www.cic.ie/books.aspx for all ages of readers
I can add to this list Poetry Ireland , The SHOp Magazine , Moth (Little Editions) , Post (DCU) , Crannóg , Burning Bush , The Munster Literature Centre ( and SouthWord), The Western Writers Centre, Over the Edge, Tigh Filí , and The Irish Writer’s Centre . Online Poetry concerns include Writing.ie , Emerging Writer , Wurm in Apfel , Nuala Ní Chonchúir, and all of the above mentioned presses that use online as a source of income and connection for writers.
2011 bits and pieces.
I reviewed a few books this year and I have blogged these over the past twelve months, I liked Jeet Thayil‘s edition of Contemporary Indian Poetry and told him too, The moth magazine ‘Little Editions’ , Susan Lindsay’s ‘Whispering the Secrets, John Walsh’s ‘Chopping Wood with T.S Eliot, Human Chain by Seamus Heaney. I intend to get Memorial, by Alice Oswald and I will probably blog that too. AND this year 2011, I published some almost lost Doris Lessing Poems Here , in all a wonderful poetic year for me as a reader and writer.
This year saw the cutting of funds to Poetry Now ! and barely a whisper of protest in the media, and there was some controversy at the T.S Eliot Prize . My favourite story of the year had to be the restoration of Sue Hubbard’s ‘Eurydice’. The fourth annual Turn at Tara occurred, although some newspapers would rather not look at the wound created by rampant planning unbalanced by a single heritage and conservation bill in over a decade! Poetry happens in the most wonderful places , although these places are generally not full of literary liggers. Two wonderful editors had a spat, although Irish media coverage of same was void ,empty. I really do wonder if poetry loses importance due to the glitter and tinsel of PR management, and souped-up interest in disposable tales (the type that makes it to the charity-shops within three-four week periods of publication and sells for 1-2 Euros ?).
As is usual , I have to say that good poetry discussion occurs at Jacket2, UBUWEB, The Poetry Foundation , Salt , Anon. Pierre Joris’ Nomadics is an interesting site for those interested in translation and outsider poetics.
Other newspapers have published poetry lists for 2011.
- Boston Globe list http://bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2011/12/18/best-poetry-books/EMwDBZdDcYcbfbVNhLyh6L/story.html
- Independent, http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/poetry-songs-of-elegance-and-of-experience-6278591.html
- Guardian List http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/poetry
- And some New Yorker choices from 2011: http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/poetry/
- The Harriet Blog, 2011 list http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2011/12/the-poetry-foundation-staffs-favorite-books-of-2011/ (Poetry Foundation)
- and then there was this…..http://zito.biz/fuckyou/?p=2533 (Fuck You Blog)
- http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2011/12/the-year-in-reading-poetry.html (New Yorker 2011 Poetry List)
- http://www.npr.org/2011/12/29/144197310/truth-and-beauty-2011s-best-american-poetry?sc=tw&cc=share David Orr’s Selection of 2011 Poetry books
This post is about poet-bloggers, the vehicles they use, and how online journals are using web and social-media to increase the profile of poetics. The area is huge, as I found out when I began compiling this Google+ list. There are multiple groups and individuals connecting across Twitter, and Facebook also. The emphasis here will be on the individual writer, and the journals that are emergent, or already fully developed.
I thought to begin with some of the artists who have caught my eye through consistent use of online resources to bring their poetry to the public eye, these writers include, Aíne Mac Aodha, Nuala Ni Chonchúir, Ron Silliman, Charles Bernstein, Al Filreis , Mick Rooney, Pierre Joris , Elizabeth Kate Switaj and Robert Peake.
There are many more poets and writers using online and social-media, but the above in particular have a great online presence. They regularly and consistently post about poetry through PENN Sound, personal websites, journals and Facebook. Publishers such as Salt, Poetry Ireland, Poetry London ,Over the Edge , Munster Literature, Jacket2 , Women Writers Women Books , use online media in a very effective manner also. There are also The Dublin Poetry Review, The Western Writers Centre, Anon Poetry , the Arvon Foundation , The Paris Review, Poet’s Pages, Crannóg and Caper Literary Journals.
Any other poet will name a score more reviews , journals or poetry-centred blogs. These are the ones that I know and enjoy reading. Last week I added a new category called Poet-bloggers. This short piece along with its related links serves as an introduction to what is currently happening online for poets.
Related Poethead Links.
- The spoken word : https://poethead.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/online-sounds-the-spoken-word/
- UBUWEB / Homad : https://poethead.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/ubuweb-and-homad-ethnopoetics-and-translation-i/
- T+LRC : https://poethead.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/translation-and-linguistic-rights-ii/
- Jacket2 : https://poethead.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/jacket-2-j2-poetry-arts-collaborative-responses/
- Harriet Monroe: https://poethead.wordpress.com/code-of-best-practices-in-fair-use-for-poetry-poetry-foundation
- HTML Giant : http://htmlgiant.com/technology/poetgramming/
- Poet Bloggers categoryhttps://poethead.wordpress.com/category/poet-bloggers/