Category Archives: political poetry

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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Lorca and Neruda: Passion, protest, poetry and wine

How’s your Spanish? Well, even if it’s not too good, English-speaking poetry lovers need not miss out this week, as this week Poet in the City celebrates two much-translated poets, one from Spain and the other from Chile. Federico Garcia … Continue reading

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Poetry and the State at Amnesty International UK

From the beginning, poetry has been the great communicator. In every protest, conflict and movement of oppression, voices have risen through the crowd and found expression in its fearless form. Whether personal or political, poetry is a public statement with … Continue reading

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Exciting September Poetry Events in London

OK, it’s time to shake off Bank Holiday end-of-summer stupor and gear up for the many PinC events coming in the next few weeks – starting tomorrow! GERDUR KRISTNY – TOMORROW FRIDAY 2 SEPT WATERSTONES PICCADILLY This will be a … Continue reading

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The word made flesh: Bogdan Ghiu at the Romanian Cultural Institute

Event Manager Jayshree Viswanathan has the challenging task of organising a 6-event series for Poet in the City: “Contemporary Romanian Poets” at the lovely venue of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Belgravia. At the most recent event on Thursday 23rd … Continue reading

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Poetry power: Duffy and Turner

… and June finishes with some serious poetry power—here’s a quick update: Carol Ann Duffy and Friends – TONIGHT Tickets for the Carol Ann Duffy and Friends event at Kings Place tonight are almost sold out – I’ve just spied … Continue reading

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“Language is the only border for a poet”

I had the privilege on Monday 16th May of attending the superbly organised Borderlands event at Kings Place. The theme was voices from the edge of Europe, with poets from Lithuania, Poland, Croatia and Portugal. A quick review of Wikipedia’s … Continue reading

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Edmund Spenser’s Dragons of Yester Years & Today

I went to hear Edmund Spenser’s epic poem, The Faerie Queene, last evening, in the hope of gaining some insight into those rarefied aspects of English culture that have eluded me and, possibly, some appreciation of his poetry. But the … Continue reading

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Does Poetry protest in every Tahrir Square?

While Poet in the City is enjoying great success with the Spoken Word All Stars tour, most recently in Nottingham and next in Bradford on 11th Feb, as well as looking forward eagerly to the celebration of Love Poetry on … Continue reading

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Poetry and politics: thoughts on Derek Walcott’s win

And now for another response to a poetry prize – the article for this post was written by Nina Reece, a Poet in the City volunteer and a passionate activitist who draws some of her inspiration from the poetry she … Continue reading

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