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It’s National Poetry Day

October 1, 2020

… and this gurt lush book is published today.

The Poetry Society, in association with the University of Exeter and Oneworld Publications, presents the Places of Poetry anthology, a volume of selected verse from around England and Wales from last year’s hugely popular Places of Poetry project, an interactive map that poets could pin their poetry to. It attracted 7,500 poems from over 3000 people. The map can still be found here. The project was launched by Paul Farley and Andrew McRae. PLACES OF POETRY: MAPPING THE NATION IN VERSE is an anthology of 200 of the best of these poems.

For eight months from October 2016 I was visiting a much-loved aunt in a care home. I made the sixteen-mile round trip by bus almost every day. My poem ‘Hartlake’ began life in the black notebook I carried in my pocket. It tells something of these journeys, always through the same familiar landscape, but different every time.

The poem was published first in “Obsessed with Pipework”, then it formed part of my pamphlet “These Last Months”, and now it is in this splendid anthology. I could not be more pleased.

I have not yet received my copy, and apart from some well-known names I don’t know whose work has been chosen. You can hear me reading my poem on the bank of the Hartlake River (yes, that’s Glastonbury Tor on the horizon) here:

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Beau Beausoleil permalink
    October 1, 2020 1:49 pm

    Dear Ama,

                    There are poems that one wants to step into and this poem and the accompanying video allow one to do just that!! I love the small poems of yours that examine a gesture, a landscape, a heart, the unknown intent of someone who alights from a bus and begins walking into a field.

    Congratulations on the anthology!

    love, Beau


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