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Philip Gross and Jeremy Hooker together in Brecon

A rare chance for two old friends, ex-colleagues and fellow long-haul practitioners of poetry to read together, in an event that also honours the memory of late poet friends Anne Cluysenaar and Ruth Bidgood – this is part of the Brecon Womens Festival.

FREE ADMISSION.

The Hours Bookshop & Cafe,
Cathedral Close,
Brecon,

6.00 pm
Friday 22 March.

Poetry in many guises

Saturday 10th March, 2024... and a loose group of writers, artists and musicians who meet once a month for a Serendip Tea at the Turner House Gallery, Penarth, came together for an afternoon of Poetry On Show in many guises. There were:

  • ...the poetry of smells (with real perfumes) by Lesley James,
  • ...audio + cut up / paper installation by Sophie Buchaillard,
  • ...poetry jewellery by Mab Jones,
  • ...poems in performance by Luca Paci and myself, with music from Chris Glynn and Mac Elton.

…not to mention the presiding spirit of Karl Blossfeldt (1854-1932) whose hauntingly cool precise, sometimes microscopic images of previously unnoticed plant forms surrounded us and challenged us to look and think.

Our thanks to the curators, and to the Hayward Gallery, London South Bank, whose travelling exhibition this was. It leaves me with a sequence of fifteen poems in response to the Blossfeldt (click here for one: Blossfeldt form) wondering where they might go next or what they’ll lead to.

 

Poems in BERLIN LIT

berlin lit is an elegant and lively international online quarterly journal for new poetry in English, founded in 2022 by Matthew McDonald, Australian musician and poet living in Berlin, and rapidly establishing itself as an attractive place to be and to meet a range of thoughtful and surprising voices.

Click here for Issue 6 just out. Thanks to them for accepting my Mist Fugue and The Long Acoustics.

Poems in ANTHROPOCENE

Another example of the lithe and exnterprising new life flowing into the poetry world online, ANTHROPOCENE publishes new work – poems and translations – every Wednesday and Sunday, as well as a fortnighty newletter.

All this is available on their site here, including these contributions from me – Limestone Singing and To Seed... and Catchment and Feather on the Pillow . Several of these comes from an ongoing project, begun during the pandemic, of walking the marginal land here round Penarth.

Poems in BAD LILIES

BAD LILIES is an example of the fertile, fresh world of quality online poetry magazines – bi-monthly, coming up to its 18th issue, quickly attracting an impressive list of names, established and new.

If you haven't met it yet, use these poems of mine, The Water Feature and Settlers, as a gateway to exploring so much more. Or these, in the brand new issue 18, Night Work on the Reactor and A Prospect of the Baltic. (Other rich and varied poems in this issue by Michaela Coplen, Rebecca Watts, David Yezzi, Derek Webster, Claire Crowther, John Redmond, Mary Ford Neal, Lisa Kelly, Patrick Davidson Roberts, Katrina Naomi, Gareth Prior.)

 

Poems in MODRON

MODRON: Writing on Nature & the Ecological Crisis is now on its third issue, and drawing in a wide range of quality work – poems, articles, reviews and blog posts – by some of the most interesting writers from Wales and beyond.

Click here to see two poems of mine, Transmigrations and Windthrow – and also a contribution to a month-long series of writing prompts, this one with an eye to the conversations, often fraught, potentially creative, between languages: Macaronic.

And then, of course, spend time exploring the wealth of content of the Modron site here.

As an antidote to angels, a little demonology


Courtesy of the vivid, various, oceanic, world-girdling online journal Live Encounters, here’s A Preamble to the Demonology, my wry rationale for why I won’t be writing a book about demons to match The Thirteenth Angel, published  by Bloodaxe in November, and currently shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize.

The Thirteenth Angel: T.S.Eliot Prize videos and focus

Click into the T.S.Eliot Prize site Shortlisted poets in focus to watch Philip interviewed and reading three sample poems from his shortlisted collection The Thirteenth Angel. You'll find Readers' Notes and a thoughtful commissioned review by John Field, as well as a way into the other shortlisted collections.

Gross and Steger launch reading, still available to watch

In a live-streamed launch reading on Tues 22 November 2022, Bloodaxe Books celebrated the publication of two new poetry collections: Philip Gross' The Thirteenth Angel, and Ales Steger's Burning Tongues.

Philip and Ales read, then with the help of well-placed questions from host, Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley, moved into a discussion of the books, the times we're in and the place of poetry. This free Bloodaxe launch event was streamed on YouTube Live and remains there free to watch and listen on this YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K80MQ6kyTYg

The 13th Angel – on the TS Eliot Prize shortlist 2022

A Poetry Book Society Recommendation / Shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize

Publication Date : 17 Nov 2022      Paperback £12.00       ISBN 9781780376356

With each new collection, Philip Gross’ poems extend their conversation between the metaphysical and the acutely physical. His sequences in The Thirteenth Angel scan from moment to moment like flickering needles, registering stress patterns in the world around us – ebbs and flows of weather or events, in our own bodies, in the city streets before and after the pandemic, or on the autoroutes of Europe with their undertow of human flight. If there are angels, they are nothing otherworldly, but formed by angles of incidence between real immediate things, sudden moments of clarity that may disturb, calm or exhilarate.

The Thirteenth Angel is Philip Gross’s 27th book of poetry, and his 12th from Bloodaxe.

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