Tuesday, 29 May 2012

a little poetry present up for grabs



Last week, Carol Ann Duffy did a poetry reading in Norwich and, at this event, very pretty cardboard booklets were given out to the audience. These booklets contained two poems - one poem by me and one by Catherine Benson. I was very chuffed to have a poem of mine in such close proximity to our fab Poet Laureate.



So, two things:

1. I am going to give away two of these booklets. All you have to do for the chance to win one is reply to this post telling me who your favourite poet, or what your favourite poem, is. I'll pick the winners on the 10th June by pulling names out of a hat [I'm  happy to post worldwide].

2. My poetry collection, 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is going to be published in July by The Rialto [hurray!]. If you'd like to help me spread the word about the collection when it's released then that would be fab and I'd love you forever. I'm up for doing blog interviews, guest posts etc etc. If you'd like me to invade your blog, then drop me an email and we can chat. :)

Happy Tuesday! x

23 comments:

  1. My favourite poem is called 'After the Lunch' by Wendy Cope. I first came across it on the London Underground as part of their 'Poetry on the Underground' thing a couple of years back. I just thought it was lovely, and remember committing the name of it to memory so I could find it later. It still really makes me smile as it's something we've all done and written so wonderfully.

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  2. I don't know if I can say what my Favorite Poem of All Time is (just like I'm not sure I can pick my All-Time Favorite Book), but "Introductions" by Moya Cannon is definitely up there, and is the first that is coming to mind. It's even written up on a wall in my room!

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    1. Poetry up on the wall gets thumbs up from me!

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  3. I liked the goblin market as a child, I never understood the sexual references until reading it again as an adult but when I was ten it was a scary beautiful story poem.

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  4. So many poems and it changes with my mood and the day of the week, but I think today, 'Television' by Roald Dahl as I have just started reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my cousin. And I think T.S. Eliot for a favourite Poet.

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  5. My only country
    is six feet high
    and whether I love it or not
    I’ll die
    for its independence.

    ["Patriot" - Norman MacCaig]

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  6. I love Wendy Cope's "Waste Land Limericks". It has five stanzas, each in limerick form, and summarises T S Eliot's magnum opus a beautifully succinct and (dare I say it?) amusing way.

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  7. Can I pick epic poetry? If so it has to be "The Divine Comedy", I've read it a hundred times and I'll read it a hundred more! Maybe even more...

    That and "The Raven"...ahh, I'm getting goose bumps just thinking about it!

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  8. It's a tie between Dylan Thomas and e.e. cummings. Picking a favorite poem is like picking a favorite child. Or flavor of ice cream. Can't do it!

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  9. It's a tie...Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Frost. I first encountered Bishop's "The Fish" when I was 10 and thought it was so dramatic and thrilling. And I remember picking up a big ol' complete-works-of edition of Frost in a bookstore when I was a teen and saying sadly, "Oh, it's six dollars..." and putting it back. When I left the store, my dad handed it to me :) (having paid for it first, of course!) I can only recite two poems by heart, and one of them is Frost's "Dust of Snow." (The other, oddly, is Christopher Isherwood's "The Common Cormorant, or Shag"...)

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  10. Picking a favourite poem is akin to choosing a favourite song - impossible!

    However, Roger McGough is my favourite poet; he's been keeping me in rhymes since I was a nipper!

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  11. My favorite poem is whichever one I'm reading at the time, but my all-time favorite poet is Homer. My favorite contemporary-English-language poet is Allen Ginsberg. And I love (this) your paper, ty!

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  12. Oh goodness me, this is a tough question. I think I will have to go with the poem that captured my fourteen year old heart: Mad Girl's Love Song by Sylvia Plath.

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  13. I have two favorite poems, written by different poets but they always seemed like a reply to one another: "The Town of Don't-You-Worry" by I.J. Bartlett and "The Town of Nogood" by W.E. Penny.

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  14. Far far too many poems to choose from I'm afraid but Thomas Moore's 'Did Not' and 'Oft in the Stilly Night' would have to be among my top poems. W. H. Auden is my favourite poet.

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  15. Daisies by Bub Bridger would have to be my all time favourite poem!Because of this poem my husband proposed to me with wild daisies, my sister gave me a canvas with the words of the poem and i have it stitched onto a cushion cover...love it
    a more modern poem i am in love with at the moment is A Jar of Balloons or The Uncooked Rice (long title) by Matthew Yeager - its on the back of my front door and is very long!

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  16. I can't choose one. That's like choosing a favourite book. Depends on my mood, time of day/year/weather etc.

    I love saying poems I learned at school out loud, like Cargoes or Sea Fever. I still giggle at "When Daddy Fell In The Pond". And right now I'm having to resist having Purple Ronnie as one of my wedding readings -

    How many ways do I love you?
    I think there are possibly two
    The rumpety-pump way is all very well
    But I like the soppy way too.

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  17. Like a few other people I love Wendy Cope. She makes poetry accessible without making it banal. I also love Sophie Hannah's work, especially The End of Love.

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  18. Like a few other people I love Wendy Cope. She makes poetry accessible without making it banal. I also love Sophie Hannah's work, especially The End of Love.

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  19. Thanks, guys, the winners were Lissa and Nicole. I've messaged you both.

    'The Hungry Ghost Festival' collection will be out next month. Details on my blog nearer the time :)

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  20. Hi folks! Just to let you know that The Hungry Ghost Festival is now available to order. Hurrah! http://jen-campbell.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/hungry-ghost-festival-available-for-pre.html

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