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Not much to report this month. It must be poets’ summer recess or something. Anyway here’s your round-up.
The heir to the throne is in need of an ode.
The bodies of five people were found in a tiny mountain village in Japan after two houses were burnt to the ground.
A haiku was found stuck to the window in the home of a 63-year old villager, which read: “Setting a fire – smoke gives delight – to a country fellow.” The man is now being sought by police.
Google has inadvertently expanded its empire into the world of poetry-writing.
The Independent reported on Google Poetics, the quirky phenomenon where Google predicts your search terms and creates “Google poems” as a result.
This unusual facet of Google was first stumbled upon by Sampsa Nuoti. Here’s an example:Who wants to read a rape joke?
“The rape joke is that you were 19 years old. / The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend.”
The poem, as you’ve probably guessed, isn’t a joke. It’s about what it’s liked to be raped. It’s an essential read. Within hours of being posted it has received over 10,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook.
- The Desmond Elliott Prize has been won by Ros Barber for The Marlowe Papers: A Novel in Verse. You can read an extract in The Guardian.
Last but not least, a couple of highlights from the poetry books published during July.
- The Divine Comedy by Dante has been translated by Clive James. The Guardian says it’s “a mixed bag” but “let no one impugn James’s incredibly hard work.”
- The Crumb Road by Maitreyabandhu. The Guardian says this collection has a “rich but melancholy modesty.”