I joined this challenge to stretch myself as I tend not to read poetry by choice. Six months down the line I still don’t, but nil desperandum, I have at least become more aware. There are now some poetry blogs in my google reader; I will be reviewing an entire poetry collection in the next couple of days; and I am planning to attend a couple of poetry events at this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival. Shall we say that poetry is growing (albeit slowly) on me? Who knows what the rest of the year will bring?
To prove my newfound awareness, here are a couple of links to online poetry resources, which I would have previously ignored.
1) No matter where you are in the world, you cannot have missed the fact that it is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. To honour that, Faber have produced a multi-media library of 60 poems, one for each year of Her Majesty’s reign. The intention is to document the social changes that have occurred. It’s an interesting library to browse through. For personal reasons (ahem) I think 1958 was a fantastic vintage.
2) The Scottish Poetry Library has an online database of poems to peruse, ponder and enjoy, a weekly podcast and a poem of the moment. No need to visit it in person as I did last month! With the Olympics on the horizon, why not browse The Written World, a collaboration between the SPL and the BBC. The project aims to represent all 204 participating nations in poetry.