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The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry". Since then, it has grown into one of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review.With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, the Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. "The Poetry Society is the heart and hands of poetry in the UK – a centre which pours out energy to all parts of the poetry-body, and a dexterous set of operations which arrange and organise poetry's various manifestations. It has a long distinguished history, and has never been so vital, or so vitalizing as it is now." Sir Andrew Motion

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The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry". Since then, it has grown into one of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review.With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, the Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. "The Poetry Society is the heart and hands of poetry in the UK – a centre which pours out energy to all parts of the poetry-body, and a dexterous set of operations which arrange and organise poetry's various manifestations. It has a long distinguished history, and has never been so vital, or so vitalizing as it is now." Sir Andrew Motion

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The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry". Since then, it has grown into one of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, The Poetry Review.With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, the Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. "The Poetry Society is the heart and hands of poetry in the UK – a centre which pours out energy to all parts of the poetry-body, and a dexterous set of operations which arrange and organise poetry's various manifestations. It has a long distinguished history, and has never been so vital, or so vitalizing as it is now." Sir Andrew Motion

Rank #1: The 2019 Poem-A-Thon: Part 5

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On Saturday 18 May 2019, The Poetry Society hosted an all day poetry fundraising extravaganza, including a 10 hour sponsored poetry reading from a line-up of 60 poets. This is part 5 of 5 - you can listen to the first 8 (!) hours of the reading in parts 1-4 on our SoundCloud or via your podcasting app of choice.
See below for the timings of featured poets' sets, and remember that you can still donate to the fundraising campaign via bit.ly/poemdonate.

PART 5: FEATURED POETS
0:00 - Isabel White
12:00 - Mark Waldron
20:15 - Chris Hardy
29:10 - Lantern Carrier
39:15 - Fran Lock
46:00 - Isy Mead
55:00 - Rick Dove
1:06:20 - Sue Johns
1:15:00 - Kat Francois
1:28:30 - Siddharta Bose

Jul 25 2019

1hr 42mins

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Rank #2: Ilya Kaminsky talks to Emily Berry

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In the latest Poetry Review podcast, Emily Berry talks to Ilya Kaminsky, author of the astonishing and internationally acclaimed collection Deaf Republic. Their conversation ranges across political poetry (only in English do people try to divide poetry that is political and not political, everywhere else poetry is political, says Kaminsky), of matching your method to show what it is you see as a writer, about the need to witness the good as well as the bad, and the poet as a private person. Kaminsky, born in the former Soviet Union but now an American citizen, describes his unrequited love for English: “sometimes a stranger can make love to the language a little better than the native person... of course it can also be very awkward too”.

Aug 16 2019

35mins

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Rank #3: Basil Bunting: a discussion by Don Share, Paul Batchelor and Matthew Sperling

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Writing in The Poetry Review, Paul Batchelor described the publication of The Poems of Basil Bunting (Faber), edited by Don Share, as “a major event”. “It is to be hoped,” he continued, “that this excellent edition will mark a turning point in Bunting’s fortunes among English readers, for he has yet to receive his due.” To connect with more poetry, visit poetrysociety.org.uk

Don Share and Paul Batchelor joined Matthew Sperling at University College London recently to reflect on Bunting’s “due”: his place among the greatest of British poets, the triumph that is his masterpiece Briggflatts, and the contemporary relevance of his internationalist, non-isolationist and intellectually curious outlook. You can listen in on the exchange of views in this recording of their discussion.

Nov 28 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #4: David Constantine reads ‘When I Left You, Afterwards…’ by Bertolt Brecht

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David Constantine reads ‘When I Left You, Afterwards…’ from his Popescu Prize shortlisted translation of Bertolt Brecht’s collection Love Poems, published by Liveright. The Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize has been awarded biennially by The Poetry Society for a volume of poetry translated from a European language into English. The judges this year are Olivia McCannon and Clare Pollard. The prize is supported in 2015 by the British Council. For more information on the 2015 Popescu Prize and selected poems please visit our website: http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/popescu-prize/2015-2/

Dec 16 2015

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Rank #5: Popescu: Ciaran Carson reads Arthur Rimbaud

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Ciaran Carson reads from In the Light Of, after Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud (The Gallery Press), which he translated from French. The book was shortlisted for the 2013 Popescu Prize for Poetry in Translation, organised by the Poetry Society.

Dec 02 2013

4mins

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Rank #6: Anne Gray 'Joy'

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Anne Gray reads 'Joy', commended in the Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition. The recording was made before her joint reading with US poet Matthew Dickman at the Poetry Cafe, London, on 23 May 2013.

Jun 25 2013

2mins

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Rank #7: Zaffar Kunial talks to Maurice Riordan

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"I'm struck by the meaninglessness of words, how slippery they are and yet I also want to believe in them. I'm left stuck between the two." Zaffar Kunial talks to Maurice Riordan about all his successes in 2014: winning the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, his residency at the Wordsworth Trust (his first job as a 'poet') and publication in the Faber New Poets series. He also talks about writing for Hallmark Cards, bilingualism, identity and discovering his voice as a poet. He also reads his poem 'Fielder'.

Aug 13 2015

15mins

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Rank #8: Will Harris reads 'SAY'

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Congratulations to Will Harris, who reads here his poem 'SAY'. First published in The Poetry Review, Winter 2017, it has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem .

May 24 2018

6mins

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Rank #9: Simon Armitage talks to Maurice Riordan

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Simon Armitage talks about his writing home – his teenager's bedroom in Marsden, West Yorkshire, of taking poetry out into the world on long walks, on the radio and in the theatre – the "go anywhere artform" in Les Murray's phrase. He also talks about compiling his new Selected and reads his new poems 'Camera Obscura' and 'Paper Aeroplane'.

Jun 30 2014

21mins

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Rank #10: Matthew Dickman 'Long Division'

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Matthew Dickman reads 'Long Division'. The recording was made after Matthew's joint reading with the British poet Ann Gray at the Poetry Cafe, London, on 23 May 2013.

Jul 11 2013

1min

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Rank #11: The Blackbirds Come by Kim Rooney

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The Blackbirds Come by Kim Rooney by The Poetry Society

Jun 17 2014

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Rank #12: Matthew Dickman 'Alley Poem'

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Matthew Dickman reads 'Alley Poem'. The recording was made after Matthew's joint reading with the British poet Ann Gray at the Poetry Cafe, London, on 23 May 2013.

Jun 25 2013

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Rank #13: Gillian Allnutt talks to Emily Berry

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‘You listen for the poem to say itself’
Emily Berry talks to Gillian Allnutt about meditation, fragmentation and the ‘hinterland’ of the poem. To connect with more poetry, visit poetrysociety.org.uk

Jun 01 2017

24mins

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Rank #14: Denise Riley talks to Emily Berry

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In a brilliant, wide-ranging discussion with Emily Berry, Editor of The Poetry Review, the celebrated poet Denise Riley talks about the art of composition – of indifferent mechanicals and of jigsaws pieced into sense from the edge pieces, confessional literature, lyric shame and strategies for repair. She also reads two poems just published in The Poetry Review: ‘How does anyone get over these things’ and ‘Another Agony in the Garden’.

Jun 06 2019

28mins

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Rank #15: Paul Muldoon talks to Maurice Riordan

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"Many writers write not because they're fluent or because they have any kind of ability in a language but for the exact opposite reason." Paul Muldoon talks to Maurice Riordan, Editor of The Poetry Review, about Heaney, Beckett and Joyce, and reads 'A Dent' from his new collection, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (Faber).

Feb 05 2015

22mins

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Rank #16: Mary Jean Chan reads 'The Window'

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To celebrate the poem's shortlisting for the 2019 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, Mary Jean Chan reads 'The Window', which was first published as the 2nd prize winner in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. You can find the poem, and enter the National Poetry Competition for yourself, at http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/npc

May 23 2019

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Rank #17: Kim Addonizio talks to Maurice Riordan

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US poet Kim Addonizio talks to Maurice Riordan, Editor of The Poetry Review, about riffing on the canon and traditional forms, her view that "emotional experience is the essence of any art" and how "the best humour is also dark and traffics with something else" – how she uses poetry as a process of discovery. She also reads her new poem 'White Flower, Red Flower'.

Dec 02 2014

20mins

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Rank #18: Gerald Mangan 'Thomas, the Mystical Cat'

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Poet and artist Gerald Mangan reads a 'lost' Eliot poem in the Poetry Café, London, as part of his exhibition, 'Gerald Mangan: Caricatures'

Jul 17 2013

2mins

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Rank #19: Joelle Taylor in conversation with Danez Smith, Anthony Anaxagorou, Jay Bernard and Imani Robinson

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Note: This podcast contains some strong language from the start.

In this collaboration between The Poetry Society, Poet in the City and Out-Spoken, Joelle Taylor brings together of the biggest names on the British and American spoken word scenes about the intersection between their poetic craft, politics and activism. This podcast was recorded backstage at King's Place, London on 24 January 2018, before Danez Smith's sell-out performance of poems from their most recent collection 'Don't Call Us Dead'.

Featuring:
American writer and performer Danez Smith, whose work explores systematic racism, police brutality, and the stigmas around being HIV positive;
Anthony Anaxagorou, poet and founder of Out-Spoken Press, which publishes new, establishment-shaking poetry giving a platform to oppressed and under-represented voices;
Jay Bernard, poet and filmmaker who has helped create spaces and platforms for QITPOC artists in the UK;
Writer and activist Imani Robinson, who works with movements seeking to address anti-black racism and fight for black feminist liberation.

Visit The Poetry Society at http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk
Visit Poet in the City at http://www.poetinthecity.org.uk
Visit Out-Spoken at http://www.outspokenldn.com/

Feb 08 2018

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Rank #20: Rob Auton - Letter From Father Christmas

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In this bonus festive mini-podcast, poet, comedian, and hair-laden storyteller Rob Auton reads 'Letter From Father Christmas'.

This reading is taken from a longer discussion with Joelle Taylor. You can find the full interview on The Poetry Society's Soundcloud, or by subscribing to The Poetry Society's podcast via your podcast app of choice. To connect with more poetry, visit poetrysociety.org.uk

You can catch Rob Auton at his regular spoken word night Bang Said The Gun, and, in 2018, on The Hair Tour. For dates and tickets, visit www.robauton.co.uk.

Dec 18 2017

5mins

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