Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What is Poetry?

Our first Poem of the Week this year is 'What is Poetry?' by Adrian Mitchell. Mitchell's own website is here. Poems of the Week are displayed around the school, and read and discussed in English classes.

Below, Mitchell reads (or performs) the poem at the Medellin Poetry Festival (thus the Spanish translation), and below that he reads perhaps his best-known poem, 'To whom it may concern - tell me lies about Vietnam'. Both poems feature in Neil Astley's new Bloodaxe DVD anthology, In Person - 30 Poets, which is now in the Library (in this, Mitchell updates his Vietnam poem to refer to Iraq too).

Poetry Archive has more audio recordings by Mitchell here.

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