michael-longley

Boat

for Seamus

What’s the Greek for boat,
You ask, old friend,
Fellow voyager
Approaching Ithaca –
Oh, flatulent sails,
Wave-winnowing oars,
Shingle-scrunching keel –
But, so close to home,
There’s a danger always
Of amnesiac storms,
Waterlogged words.

19 July 2011

Brighton Festival

Title: Brighton Festival

Start Date: May 2, 2015
End Date: May 24, 2015

brighton-festivalLocation: Brighton, England
Description: Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.

Now in its 49th year, Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing festival, which continues to win critical acclaim for its ambitious and daring programme. As England’s biggest curated mixed arts festival, Brighton Festival attracts some of the most innovative artists and companies (and some of the most adventurous audiences) from the UK and around the world.

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Pivot Readings with Neilson, Paul, Rogers and Trewartha

Title: Pivot Readings with Neilson, Paul, Rogers and Trewartha

Date: May 6, 2015

pivot-readingsLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Pivot presents the writers breathing life into Canadian literary culture. Established and emerging, time-tested and fresh; they’re what’s happening in literature, right now. This evening’s readings at The Steady on Bloor West in Toronto are by Shane Neilson, Julie Paul, Damian Rogers and Blair Trewartha.

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The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2015 submission deadline

Title: The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2015 submission deadline

Date: May 31, 2015

london-magazineDescription: The London Magazine is again hosting a worldwide poetry competition which is open for all ages. This will be a chance to get published in the most prestigious literary journal in the UK which has been home to the likes of Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Christopher Reid and many more, along with winning a cash prize. The winning poem will be published in an issue of The London Magazine, both in print and online. The runners up will be featured on the website.

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Strokestown International Poetry Festival

Title: Strokestown International Poetry Festival

Start Date: May 1, 2015
End Date: May 3, 2015

strokestown-international-poetry-festivalLocation: Strokestown, County Roscommon, Ireland
Description: The Strokestown International Poetry Festival is now in its sixteenth year and it is the longest running poetry festival in Ireland. It takes place annually on the first weekend of May, in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, and provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in poetry. The 2015 festival will have an expanded programme with the return of the Irish Language poetry competition and a new Roscommon poetry section open to poets living in the county or members of writers groups based in County Roscommon.

The festival consists of readings from poets across the spectrum, well-known and new voices – approximately twenty-four readings over three days. The Strokestown festival is famous for the large audiences that attend all readings and allied to the welcome, the friendliness and the scenery, the festival is an unforgettable experience and a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry.

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Charles Simic and Charles Wright with Don Share

Title: Charles Simic and Charles Wright with Don Share

Date: April 30, 2015

poetry-foundation-logoLocation: Washington, DC, US
Description: Current U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright and 15th Poet Laureate Consultant Charles Simic will participate in a moderated discussion with Poetry magazine editor Don Share to conclude Wright’s term as 20th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and the spring literary season at the Library of Congress.

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National Poetry Month celebration with Olds, Rohrer, Smith and more

Title: National Poetry Month celebration with Olds, Rohrer, Smith and more

Date: April 28, 2015

poetry-society-americaLocation: New York, New York, US
Description: The Poetry Society of America joins Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in hosting a poetry bash for National Poetry Month, with support from media sponsors Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Poets, and Wave Books. Readings by Rickey Laurentiis, Cate Marvin, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer, Danez Smith, and Wendy Xu.

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Friesen, Rogal and Moritz at the art bar poetry series

Title: Friesen, Rogal and Moritz at the art bar poetry series

Date: April 28, 2015

art-barLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

This week’s offering features Patrick Friesen, Stan Rogal and A.F. Moritz.

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Colman, French and Harmon at the art bar poetry series

Title: Colman, French and Harmon at the art bar poetry series

Date: April 21, 2015

art-barLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

This week’s offering features Robert Colman, Ian French and Tracy Hamon.

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marek-kazmierski

Spring, 1986

The night was heavy, but the air was alive.
Mike Oldfield

At night, the Chernobyl cloud fell
across pastures. Thyroids swelled.
The pond glowed with murmuring iodine,
swallows kissing crooked mirrors.

The radio kept playing “Moonlight Shadow”.
In the barn, a girl guide from the city started
a club for virgins. Smoking menthols,
we took lessons in preparing for conjugal
life from copies of Playboy instead.

There would be no other end to the world,
and yet it kept coming, like cramps
and acne, until I discovered
spots of dark blood in my underwear.