This week’s poetry shopping

Browsing the poetry shelves in a local second-hand book shop yesterday, I came across this piece of poetry history:

Out Loud  by Adrian Mitchell  (Cape Goliard, 1968)

Out Loud
by Adrian Mitchell
(Cape Goliard, 1968)

Pop art on inside cover

Pop art on inside cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  It’s been a pub copy (from the days of Poetry & Jazz, I assume), acquired and withdrawn from two universities.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:

Poem from a Bus Shelter written by Claire Shaw illustrated by Louise Crosby

Poem from a Bus Shelter
written by Claire Shaw
illustrated by
Louise Crosby

Comic book  or graphic poetry?

Comic book
or graphic poetry?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Shaw is also the cover illustrator of the current issue of The Interpreter’s House magazine:

Interpreter's House 56

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.

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