Some days just seem to bring more news than others. Maybe it’s the shifting of the seasons.
“Arab poetry’s sometimes subversive answer to ‘American Idol,'” by Saifedean Ammous for The Electronic Intifada, examines the success of a televised poetry contest named Prince of Poets. Ammous: “Perhaps the only thing that is as hard as translating Arab poetry to other languages is trying to explain to non-Arabs the extent of poetry’s popularity, importance and Arab’s strong attachment to it.”
“A new direction for the New Yorker,” by Robert Potts for Guardian Unlimited, offers another take on Paul Muldoon’s recent appointment as Poetry Editor at The New Yorker.
“Poetry award increases prize pot,” by Anna Richardson for Bookseller.com, reports the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry has increased the prize money awarded to make it the largest cash prize in British poetry.