It’s National Poetry Day! Yayyyyyyy!
Alright, alright so I’m pretty late to the party but I’ve been at work allllll dayyyyy, so haven’t had the opportunity to write anything. I have had the opportunity to read, however. I’ve actually been reading quite a lot lately… and wanted to share some of the poetry things I’ve come across in the last few days/weeks. Here they be:
- ‘The Charnel House’ by Tom de Freston (et al.): recently finished writing a review of this for Sabotage, and it’s been up on the site from last Friday. I started reading the book a month ago and only finished it a couple of weeks ago. It’s a really powerful, emotional read – and there’s a lot of it. A health amount of poets, a heavy number of pages, and some gloriously twisted artwork. Freston calls it ‘a poetic graphic novel’; and I guess that’s essentially what it is, but better. It’s free to view online, though Freston is also working on hardcopies of the collection.
- ‘The Undertow Review’: Specifically, I’ve been working through issue three: ‘Dreaming in Phosphene’. Contributors include; Tishani Doshi, April Salzano, Moniza Alvi, David Cooke, Allison Grayhurst and Bram E. Gieben. ‘The Undertow Review’ was brought to my attention by Janette Ayachi – and Edinburgh/Leith based poet – who edits the free online magazine. I’d recommend viewing the site on a browser; when I viewed it on my phone, the line breaks occurred in some unusual places and some other parts of the site were shuffled. Well worth reading!
- ‘High Windows’, by Philip Larkin: A classic. A copy of this came through my door a few months ago – sent to my address by a friend. I read the collection at school, and really enjoyed Larkin’s cynicism. I remember struggling with the symbolism and meanings of some of the lines back then. Now, a lot older, and with a bit more knowledge in my head, it seems a whole lot simpler. The poems are still filled with surprises, though.
I’ll likely write a special something here for ‘The Charnel House’ soon. It was an incredible read, and there are a few things I want to say that I didn’t say on Sabotage. I’ll find some time soon!