Friday, 8 October 2010

John Lennon 70th Birthday Poetry Competition

Readers of this Poet-in-Residence blog may recall that Beatles Story invited entries for a poetry contest to celebrate the life of John Lennon. He would have been 70 years old tomorrow had he lived. I'm pleased to see that google is already in party mood. Today's email from the organisers, appropriately sent on the day of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Award, informs contestants that their entries, slightly delayed due to the large number and the overall high standard, are now with Britain's poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy for final judging. I know that some of my regular correspondents have entered and I wish them luck. It will be a wonderful thing for all of us who are involved in some way with Poet-in-Residence and Poetry2010 if a reader of these pages, they are in the main unknown and unrewarded poets but some are not without considerable talent, should receive a prize or make it into the Beatles Story anthology. Good luck to you all!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for your help with the fox poem G. Seems you don't quite agree with my new rules on poetry?!

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  2. nice blog.. have a view of my blog when free.. http://www.lonelyreload.blogspot.com .. do leave me some comment / guide if can.. if interested can follow my blog...

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  3. Pat, the only rule about poetry as far as I'm concerned is that there are no rules. Poetry for me is an art form with the freedom and space to move and look and search and poke and prod and if you want to you can even fall asleep and doze, write it in your dreams, it goes in all directions as and when and how one likes and you should do it because you like doing it, which you obviously do, and to the rule makers look to the great Shakespeare and fit the words to the action and the action to the words and that's the only rule to remember ... unless there's a whole bunch of rules that I've forgotten--- in fact, didn't I post a rather technical tongue-in-something-or-other poem on PiR a few short weeks ago about all this rule and skool propoganda?

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  4. Mr Lonely, thanks for calling and I've already returned the favour!

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  5. Nice blog G. I like that you add tips to the end of your poems - it's a great way to share writing techniques! I'm a film maker now, but before I realised that was a possibility, I always thought I would be a writer. Do check out my blog if you have the chance - I've lately been leaning more towards a literary slant than a visual one! Just did a post on Leonard Cohen (one of the greatest poets of all time, in my opinion), and one celebrating national poetry day.

    Hey, have you ever translated your poetry to song lyrics? It's quite a different form of poetry, but very interesting to try.

    Peace, Y

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  6. Thank you Yolanda. To answer your Q. No, I've never adapted any of my poems into song lyrics, but it is very interesting that you ask because I've received positive comments from singer-songwriters on the blog. I think it was possibly Mike at the 'Annotated Margins' blog who was the last person to say something here along similar lines. Unfortunately I've never taken the time to learn a musical instrument but I have an ear for melody. There's a poem about Bob Dylan on this blog. Thanks for the invitation, I'll have a look at your blog soon.

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