Poetic Discoveries #2 – Poetics of 2016

Greetings everyone! With 2016 ending tonight, and giving way to 2017, I thought it would be a great time to make the second Poetic Discoveries post.

This post will showcase poets and authors I have discovered during the course of this year. The purpose of the post is to present you living, creating poets and writers, who, for me, and for sure, made 2016 be a lot more enjoyable.

  1. Wendy Cope

I have discovered Wendy Cope via browsing Goodreads one day, as usual, searching for new poetry material. I immediately fell in love with the simple complexity of Wendy Cope’s poetry. I have always been amazed by rhyming that without using any over-pompous words can create this encircling sense of feeling and existence. Her poems do precise that for me. They make me relate, feel alive, but also I like them very much because compared to other poets who you can say write in a similar method or style, I find Wendy’s poems to offer me the core and maturity that I crave in the lines. The poems are not sweetness versus bitterness, or present versus and scaled against the past and/or/with future. To me, her poems read like affirmations, and I relate to them a lot because I am like that in real life. Sometimes, I love and cannot explain why, it is just as it is.

Here is the poem that helped me discover this amazing poet:

The Orange

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange—
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I’m glad I exist.

— Wendy Cope

To read and learn more about the poetess herself, go HERE

Wendy Cope has MANY poetry books out, get them, they WILL enrich you and they do make perfect gifts! Here is one I am personally planing to get:

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  1. Meg Day

Sometimes, all it takes for me, or you, to get fully grasped by a poet and go on a crusade to devour all the poet has ever written, is just one little excerpt shared on some social media.

I discovered Meg Day while browsing Tumblr. Something in her verses resonated with me instantly, and it made me thirsty for poetry, hence why I sought out more and I liked what I found. What specifically attracts me in this writer’s work is the ever-present, yet ever shimmering metamorphosis. There is repetitive images and entities, ever-present, ever lurking, like an affirmative desire, like a flame that won’t go out, no matter what. This is what I mean when I say a poet’s work is ‘real’. Sometimes, something is real and something is not, and sometimes they are both or we just don’t know it yet, and this is the knowledge I get from Meg Day’s poems.

Here is the little excerpt that first got me into reading this poet’s work:

“Why have you made me
know the sea?
Make me a bird, Lord;
make me a man.
Make me a barn
with a spine so swayed
it pulls back my neck
to crane toward the sky.”

– Meg Day, from Hymn to a Landlocked God

To learn more about the poet, go HERE

Make sure to check out Meg Day’s poetry book: Last Psalm at Sea Level

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You can find the poet at these pages: Twitter and Goodreads

 

 

  1. Jeremy Radin

 

Jeremy Radin is an actor and poet, hailing from USA. The reason I am mentioning this is because, for me, the acting is what makes his poems special for me. His poems are in a  style I really enjoy and practice myself: bursts of scenes, commentaries and just seeing the world with a thousand eyes. I enjoy his poems because they feel so familiar, fast paced, full of happenings and actions, so vibrant, and I love his poetry because it does not take me a million years to understand and get right in the poem. They feel natural, and require little effort of me. You can say I enjoy his poetry because I feel like I am on familiar territory, like I am dropped in somewhere I belong and where everything makes sense (even with its nonsense!)

Besides this, I find Jeremy Radin to have amazing use of imagery and I find him a captivating storyteller. I can go on with praise forever, but what I recommend instead is that you go and check out his book, “Slow Dance With Sasquatch” 

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Or, check out THIS LINK and read a few poems by Jeremy, or go HERE, to his website, and read more about him and his work!

 

 

  1. Aidan Forster

 

I discovered Aidan Forster thanks to a great project from Platypus Press. I downloaded his booklet “Boy Interlude” and I got instantly hooked. The poetry is not only raw, explosive, wild and real, but it also delves with thematic I don’t get to read a lot about and I want to.

I am not going to lie, I don’t think all of us can write as equally “good” to express myself, about certain topics as others. Sometimes, we try, but it gets translated by the reader’s mind wrong. I know a lot about flowers, so I tend to nitpick them in my poems. But I don’t know a lot about cars, and trying to dissect an engine through poetry would probably give disastrous results. So, it is not about the quality of work per say, it is about using the whichever words the universe decided were heart transplant at that specific time. And the point of this essay is that Aidan Forster does that for me, when others don’t. I have discovered this poet this month yet as you can see I feel more than compelled to include him in this post, because I am sure I will be reading him for long times to come.

In “Boy Interlude”, I got to do a lot of head nodding and I got to recognize myself in many lines, and even more so, which is VERY important to me, I could recognize my best friend. This little booklet is something I could print out, give to him as gift and rest assured, while reading, he will feel, for at least a while, like he is not alone in the world. His poems inspire me to Live, and believe me, that is to be treasured!

Check out and DOWNLOAD for FREE, Boy Interlude, by clicking on the cover:

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Or go read two poems by Aidan HERE

 

 

5.Scherezade Siobhan

 

I have been saving the best for last! The poet that definitely poetically marked 2016 for me is Scherezade Siobhan. I discovered this fierce, amazing, talented poetess via Tumblr. Her poetry is beyond raw, but also beyond intricate that I was instantly left in awe. There is so much to learn from her imagery, from her callings, from the breaks in her verses and so much to absorb from her litanies to love, life and loss. When reading her poems, I am reminded of an omnipotent entity, someone to be worshiped because someone knows and gives, or to put it more simply, I am reminded of a poetic goddess that I am sure exists (in a sea of entities that never respond, not to words, not to poetry, not aches of life.)

Besides writing entrancing, admirable, captivating poetry, Scherezade Siobhan is also a pivotal role that encourages the young and old to speak up about their pain, speak up against violence that seeks to capture and keep captive our world, forever. She gives an open door to young women and girls to speak freely about abuse they suffered and continue to suffer every day, in silence and shamed. She gives them not only an open door and advice and support, but also the noise necessary to change things. Scherezade Siobhan is definitely not an armchair poet. She is here, she is alive, and she should be heard.

You can read her amazing poetry on her Tumblr page, as well as read and engage in the work she features on her other page The Writer’s Caravan.

Her two poetry books “Bone Tongue” and “Father, Husband” are a MUST HAVE.

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And last but not the least, please read and engage with her project: The Mira Project

 

 

At the end, I would like to give out the link and commendation to Platypus Press. I really like what they are doing and I would like to leave you with a link where you can download 24 different poetry works, by talented and deserving poets, one of them known to many of us here at WordPress as well. Thank you Platypus Press! 

 

There is also something that happened that I just can’t get over. I have, doing random searches for poetry of my taste and ilk, surreal and abstract poetry, by his Lordship the Glorious Google Search, discovered amazing poetry by an amazing poet and writer. Now, i have, obviously, done this in the worst possible hour, minute, time. I bookmarked everything, to devour it later. Que in my husband formats my PC. Que in, all the bookmarks are gone. Gone, without a trace (I have indeed tried everything, including consulting 7000, yes,seven thousand people about their search results .) This poet was really amazing, with 2 books out, one released sometimes this year.

But it was a self-pub, or a small press. The author had his own website, URL his name. Believe me folk when I say the verses were exquisite, demanding, raw and overpowering. But I cannot, for the life of me, find neither this author, nor this book.

The point of this story is: TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOKS.

Because one day, a deranged reader from Belgrade, or Catalonia, or the McDonald Island will discover your book and want it, but things will happen and the reader will be left devastated he can’t rediscover YOU. Your book, writing, art, and ultimately your personality , message, and verse creed they deemed worthy of learning from.

I repeat: TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOKS. Be boring. be annoying. Be obnoxious. Don’t let art be drowned inside Google Search Engine. Leave me a link to your book in the comments. Freely. Now. Anytime.

 

 

As always, another point of this post is for YOU to tell me: What have you been reading? RECOMMEND ME A POET!  Make me discover and obsess about more poetry. 

What this list is horribly lacking is poets from outside of USA. So I have a special request even:

Recommend me, introduce me to a poet who comes from a different country, even maybe writes in a language other than English.

 

Please do. Please tell me about your favourite poets and your poetic discoveries, because only that way we can support living artist and writers and make their art and writing overtake this world, for the good of it.

 

 

Have a Happy and Poetic New Year!!!

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~ by Oloriel on December 31, 2016.

13 Responses to “Poetic Discoveries #2 – Poetics of 2016”

  1. Happy New Year! 🎈🎈🎈

  2. Želim sve najbolje u Novoj 2017. godini, tebi i tvojima! 😀

    (Ne mogu da čitam tvoj blog jer ne znam engleski. Ipak ga, na neki način, pratim.) 🙂

  3. Lovely post! My favourite poetic discovery of 2016 was Nin Andrews. I can’t wait to read more of her work.

    • Don’t think I encountered the poet before, so THANK YOU so much for sharing the info with me! I will be sure to check it out!

      • My pleasure! I’ve picked up a few good recommendations from your post as well 🙂

      • I am so glad to hear that! I feel like a gypsy for always spamming and telling people to buy poetry books, but I at least now can spam you to download the amazing 24 booklets from Platypus Press. I am SURE you will find some amazing poetry there and you don’t have to spend a dime! Support to these poets means the world!

      • I’m always happy to find new poets 🙂

  4. Happy new year, Mirjana 🙂
    I love how you’ve written this post, with so much passion and curiosity for new discoveries, keep that internal fire of yours burning in the new 2017 as well!! ♥

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