Browsing the poetry shelves in a local second-hand book shop yesterday, I came across this piece of poetry history:
Bizarrely, the bookshop is opposite Leicester’s Knighton Public Library where I heard some of Mitchell’s poetry read at an arts week event, recently. It’s been a pub copy (from the days of Poetry & Jazz, I assume), acquired and withdrawn from two universities. It seemed in need of a good home (and some spinal surgery) so I was happy to part with £7.50.
From poetry past to poetry future:
Louise Shaw is also the cover illustrator of the current issue of The Interpreter’s House magazine:
She came to Wednesday’s TIH launch at Five Leaves bookshop in Nottingham and spoke a little about the Arts Council-funded project. You can read about Seeing Poetry here and read Claire Shaw’s poem here. I couldn’t resist buying a copy. I certainly think it will engage younger readers. Is this the shape of poetry future? I’d love to know your views via the comments box below.