Unfurl the latest copy of Poetry News and you’ll find poems by Claire Booker and Andy Hickmott, selected from among 313 entries to the magazine’s competition on the theme of ‘Unsayable’.
Six poems were selected anonymously by Katrina Porteous, who specialises in radio poetry, and whose new collection, Two Countries’ is due from Bloodaxe in 2014. This is what she had to say:
“‘I didn’t like Seamus Heaney’ by Andy Hickmott shocks, because so many of us loved him. But I think it earns its right to do so. I like it for saying what we think should not be said, and for using that trope to lead us gracefully to what indeed is not said until those quietly devastating last lines.”
“‘What Cannot Be Said’ by Claire Booker, nails the detail of intimacy and simply rings true. The rhyming couplets, risky to some modern ears, reinforce the clock’s relentless tick.”
To read either of these poems, or the other four winners (by Suzanna Fitzpatrick, Sue Leigh, Denise McSheehy and Marie Naughton) check out Poetry News (Winter 2013/14) or click on: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/publications/poetrynews/pn2014/
Andy and Claire both belong to ‘Original Poets’ who meet every month in Clapham, south London, to feedback on poems; whether from long-established writers or those new to poetry. The ‘Originals’ occasionally perform their work, most recently at ‘Beyond Words’ in Gipsy Hill, ‘Poetry Unplugged’ in Covent Garden’s Poetry Place, and at a legendary Poetry Bonanza event: Clapham versus Brixton. New members are always most welcome.
For more information on Clapham Original Poets please visit: Facebook page
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Pizza with friend in Maidenhead then round the corner to the launch of South (issue 48) where I read my poem ‘Provençal Crosses’ to the winking eye of a video recorder and appreciative audience (or so I like to hope!)
One of the joys of going to launches is hearing poems performed by their authors. It was therefore delightful to hear other contributors to South get up and declaim, including Andy Hickmott (Footsteps of Dancing Giants), Kitty Coles (A Soul), Patricia Griffin (Father) and Jennie Christian (Down Under).
With 60 sparkling poems, plus incisive reviews of the latest poetry collections, including ‘The Silence Unheard’ by Ruth O’Callaghan, and ‘Bloodhound’ by Lisa Kelly, South is a must at £7 incl p&p. Or go wild and subscribe for a year’s worth of magazines at £12 incl. P&P.
To order a copy of issue 48 or submit your own work, please visit: http://www.southpoetry.org
The deadline for submissions is 30th November 2013.
For more information about the poetry and plays of Claire Booker, please visit: http://www.bookerplays.co.uk
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