I started writing poetry long before I wrote anything else. It’s just always been the thing. I loved reading poetry from a fairly early age but in my teens, it was a big focus. And all sorts. The renaissance poets, the metaphysics, modern songwriters, Willy the Shake and basically anything I could get my hands […]
Where are the big poems now? They’ve all gone away. Been collected up in a book, and a few people had a look, and some were kind enough to say they liked them. Now I can get back to just saying any old thing. No desperate writing through the night and gripping on tight too […]
Whale Day And Other Poems Billy Collins Random House Billy Collins is a living legend in (and of) American letter. Poet Laureate in the immediate post-911 years. Professor handing on his advice to new generations. And a prolific publishing presence still. There’s warmth and wisdom in Collins’ poems.
Five O’Clock Shadows Richard Langston The Cuba Press This is Richard Langston’s sixth book of poems; his first in eight years – the longest gap between collections. He’s busy when not documenting the land in his words. He documents the land in his work – his day-job is directing episodes of Country Calendar. You can […]