Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Poster Poems: Heroes

Live on the Guardian website now. Linking to poems by Milton, Marvell, Sassoon, Wordsworth, Browning, Yeats and Anon (Beowulf).

Friday, November 1, 2013

New Poster Poems

On the topic of villains, featuring Milton, Dante, Chaucer, Pound, Sassoon, David Wojahn and WD Snodgrass. Live on the Guardian books blog now.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Poster Poems: Journeys

Now live on Guardian Books. With discussion of poems by Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Sexton, Ezra Pound (translating from the Anglo-Saxon), T.S. Eliot, Walter De La Mare and Charles Tomlinson.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

New Poster Poems

Now live on the Guardian, Poster Poems: the sun to celebrate the current summery weather. Why not join in? Linking to poems by Donne, Pound, Campion, Dylan Thomas, Cavafy, Dorothy Porter, Whitman and Molly Fisk.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

New Poster Poems

Poster Poems: the erotic now live on The Guardian. Discussing poems by Chaucer, Herrick, Rochester, Aphra Behn, Emily Dickinson, Vita Sackville-West, Anna Wickham and Allen Ginsberg.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Loop Walks Now Available

loop walks coverLoop Walks is a polyphonic poem in nine sections for choir. It begins with a series of eight poems, each one mapping a walk from memory. The routes range from night-time Dublin to Connemara bogs. Loop because each one, in some sense, starts out from its destination. The ninth and final section is a chorus that brings together the metaphysical concerns of the eight walking sections. The poems were written as part of a commission for the 2012 Béal Festival.

The primary compositional focus of the texts is rhythmic, with the rhythm varying to suit the terrain being walked and the pace of the walkers. Along with the written text, Billy Mills also wrote a grid to map the distribution of the text across four pairs of singers, itself another set of loops, an indication of rhythm for each section, and a recording of himself reading them. David Bremner produced a score based on this reading. This book contains text, score and a recording of the original festival by performance by ensembÉal.

hardPressed poetry and Béal have now published a limited edition book and CD set comprising the text, score and festival performance. You can buy it via the PayPal button on the right or by e-mailing us direct.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Poster Poems: religion

The curate's egg from this year's dozen now live on the Guardian site. Referring poems by Donne, Herbert, Coleridge, Hopkins, Oppen, Rumi, Basho and the Buddha. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Poster Poems: Chocolate Eggs

The latest Poster Poems is live now on the Guardian Books Blog. Linking to poems by Pope, Anne Finch, Thomas Hood, Langston Hughes, Michael Rosen, Ron Padgett and Dorothy Porter.

Friday, February 8, 2013

New Poster Poems

Over on the Guardian now. Poems beginning with a line by ....; the poached egg, with linked examples by: Robert Duncan, John Ashberry, Randall Mann, John Tranter, Anthony Robinson, Lisa Jarnot and Donald Hall.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A new year, a new Poster Poems series

After 2012's calendar, the theme for 2013 is a dozen eggs. The first is hard boiled eggs, and Poster Poems: Crime is now live over at the Guardian now. The linked poets are Villon, Carl Sandburg, Robert Browning, T.S. Eliot, Amiri Baraka, Kenneth Patchen, EtheridgeKnight, Denise Levertov and Richard Lovelace.