The Christmas decorations have been re-packed into their boxes; all that remains of the festive goodies is the remains of a tub of Celebrations; life is returning to (what passes for) normal.
In the post-Christmas decompression chamber that is January, I look forward to those ‘happy pills’ that pop into my inbox in the form of poetry e-newsletters and notifications with links to new reading. This week’s include:
- The POETRY magazine newsletter’s selection of poetry, prose and audio from the January issue. I was enjoyed ‘The Hermits,’ a poem by Karen Solie. Since first ‘discovering’ her work a few years ago, this Canadian poet has become a firm favourite of mine.
- The Academy of American Poets (Poets.org) newsletter: a selection of poems for the New Year, by Kim Addonizio, Naomi Shihab Nye and others.
- The SlowPo version of my favourite MOOC (ModPo) beginning the year with a series of mini courses, discussing individual poems by Bernadette Mayer and John Ashbery, with others to follow.
- This morning’s weekly Brain Pickings, by the indefatigable Maria Popova, which I vow I’ll explore, rather than allowing it to sit in my inbox, opened but largely unread.
- Josephine Corcoran’s latest blog post includes a heads-up to a growing list of poet bloggers who aim to blog weekly during 2018. I look forward to discovering new favourites.
This morning, I received some good news about one of the poems I entered for a competition. I can’t say any more about it, just yet. Suffice to say, I’m chuffed!
I’ve been busy diminishing my poetry TBR pile, too. After a couple of rather unsatisfying reads (we’re individuals, with our own particular tastes, right?), Peter Sansom’s The Last Place on Earth (Carcanet, 2006) restored my faith. My current read, the Forward Book of Poetry, 2018, is a gripping one. I’ve already page-marked a few favourites, including Richard Georges’ ‘Oceans’ and Ocean Vuong’s ‘Notebook Fragments.’ Next up is Pascale Petit’s Mama Amazonica – I can’t wait!
Happy New Year, and happy poetry reading! 🙂