Category Archives: Poet in the City events

Wallace Stevens: the gift that lasts for life

Tom Deveson on a lifelong addiction to a remarkable poet… In 1964 I was sixteen. Sitting in the school library, preparing to write an essay on Calvinism, my eye was drawn to the Oxford Book of American Verse. In its … Continue reading

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Preview: Rimbaud and Verlaine in London – Mon 20th May Kings Place

From visiting US Student Bryan Pannill Drugs, poetry, knives, love; now put in Paul Verlaine; add Arthur Rimbaud; here’s a dash (May – July 1873) of London; and voila: the witch’s brew. What is it they do? Romances sans Paroles—Romances … Continue reading

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In search of Paradiso: Dante at Southwark Cathedral

Visiting US student Bryan Pannill on our Dante Alighieri event: “Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost.” Change “midway” to “about one-fifth,” and “forest” to “city,” … Continue reading

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Scotellaro’s Call

While much beloved in his home town of Tricarico in the south of Italy, Rocco Scotellaro is still very much unknown to English speaking audiences, which is why I feel particularly strongly about this week’s upcoming launch of a new … Continue reading

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From our Correspondent at the Poetry Parnassus

Over the past week I found myself in the bowels of the Royal Festival Hall listening to a discussion on death, and up at the heights of the roof garden listening to the scenes of a Latvian countryside.  I was … Continue reading

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A poetry event fit for Olympians

Poet in the City volunteer John Whiting on an evening of Olympic-inspired event Poetry & Sport at Kings Place hosted by Clare Balding and featuring poetry read by past Olympic medallists.  Jayshree Viswanathan, PinC event manager introduced the participants noting that … Continue reading

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John Donne: Poetry in the Cathedral

Watching St. Paul’s cathedral fill up with an estimated one thousand five hundred people for John Donne was a very special moment indeed! Last night was Poet in the City’s biggest event to date, and it couldn’t have been in … Continue reading

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