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Acknowledgement - 'Yesterday, I Failed' by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

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Dear readers,   we hope you are all enjoying issue 57 of the North magazine.    We would just like to acknowledge that Elizabeth Briggs' poem - Revision (Revised) in the 'Dove Cottage Young Poets: an Introduction' article is after Carolyn Jess-Cooke's poem I failed , which was used as in a workshop with the Dove Cottage Young Poets. Carolyn's poem can be read below:        Yesterday, I Failed by Carolyn Jess-Cooke I failed, and the failing was great thereof. I failed all the way to the sulphur cliffs of cynicism, then bungee-jumped. I shot a hole in one in failure. I failed and changed the course of history. I failed admirably, catastrophically, unremittingly, relentlessly, perspicaciously, deliciously, spaciously, and with the dexterity of the common impala. I did not merely stall, pause, or change my mind – I failed, like any serious attempt at oil painting in a wind machine. I failed, but the crops did not. I failed in a field, and filed as I fooled. I walked right up to failure, kicked it in the shins, and insulted its mother. I fell in love with failure. We got married and raised a family of failures. I failed to the sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle. I failed in the key of D flat. I failed my heart out, I failed until my lungs burned, my brain rattled, my skin flapped like a rag against my bones and my tongue uttered only ‘failure’… I failed, much to the regret of the management. I went scuba-diving in failure, I camped under failure, I hiked to the summit of failure, I painted the floor with superglue while failure was sleeping and when it woke up…. I laughed. I failed in several languages. I added failure on Facebook. I failed from caveman to Homo Sapiens. I failed stupendously, outlandishly, biblically, savagely, juicily, Byzantinely, heroically, intergalactically. I failed in hard copy, fax, text, email, Skype, and podcast. I failed to the soundtrack of James Bond. I failed as magnesium is to water, as the Apocalypse is to a Saturday morning lie-in, as Godzilla is to the streets of Tokyo. I failed, and I failed, but at least I tried.

Warwick Writing Day on Saturday March 11th

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Please come to a special Writing Day with Ann and Peter Sansom of the Poetry Business   'the best poetry teachers in the world' --  the Guardian .   Saturday 11th March 2017.  10:15am to 3:45pm Warwickspace, 71 Coten End, Warwick CV34 4NU £35 / £30 concs.    

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'Complicity' by Tom Sastry named Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice

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'Complicity' one of our 2016 Laureate's Choice Pamphlets, has been named the 2016 Winter pamphlet Choice by the Poetry Society. You can read more on the Poetry Book Society website  and you can order the pamphlet here . Many congratulations to Tom Sastry!  

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The Poetry Business Writing School 2017/18

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The Poetry Business is offering an intensive course of study, workshops and peer-led discussion, over 18 months for up to 12 selected poets. The Writing School is an Arts Council initiative open to more experienced poets.  A customised form of the MA that Peter Sansom taught for ten years, it is a highly-structured advanced course, which depends upon the seriousness, experience and commitment of the writers who take part.  The main tutors are Ann and Peter Sansom, w ith guest tutor Michael Laskey. The course will be useful to any poet who needs direction and well-informed peer support, and particularly to those who have reached a stage where they wish to reassess their own practice. This will be the seventh in a series of extremely successful courses. How to apply - Applicants will normally have published at least one collection, but exceptions may be made, e.g. where work has appeared widely in magazines. - There will be eight Writing School days, beginning in February 2017 and covering an 18 month period. Each day will comprise writing exercises, a study session and critical workshop, and will take place in our offices in Sheffield, usually every second month (usually a Saturday 10.15am to 4pm). Dates of all the workshops will be agreed in advance. - Between sessions, you will work both independently and in small groups: to comment on each other’s work and to discuss poems and aspects of poetry. This can be done by email or by meeting together. - A reading list will cover all periods, but with an emphasis on contemporary poetry. - Assignments will be demanding but enjoyable and poem-centred.  Areas the course is likely to cover include form, translation, sequence and editing. - You will contribute to the construction of the course (with your own reading list and by swapping favourite collections to discuss with other writers); and you will lead a discussion of a poet or some aspect of contemporary poetry. - By the end of the course you will have produced a draft manuscript of poems. We also ask for a self-appraisal of your writing development over the period. - There is no formal assessment, but mentoring and a final editorial session will be available. - A Writing School Weekend is expected to take place in Autumn 2018 in the Lake District, closing with a course-members’ reading at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. Course fee: £850. This can be paid in two instalments. Please do not let shortage of funds prevent you from applying. Closing date for applications: 30 th November 2016 Please include: - Eight poems (published or unpublished). - A short covering letter stating why you want to come on the course. - A short cv with publication detail. -The titles of three individual poetry collections which are important to you. Send your application by post to: The Writing School, The Poetry Business, 32-40 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS or by e-mail to:   office@poetrybusiness.co.uk For more details or to discuss the course informally, please email, or ring  0114 3463037 . The Writing School gave me space and a detailed structure to focus on my own practice as a poet -- and although I didn't know it at the time, I finished the manuscript that became my first full-length collection while on the course. There was a brilliant reading list as long as your arm and really imaginative ways of working with poems and poetry.  The other participants were highly skilled and experienced poets and I felt very lucky to be part of the group.  Ann and Peter were amazing throughout - professional, supportive and genuinely interested in helping us as writers. It was a wonderful experience. --Kim Moore  

Mark Pajak wins the 2016 Bridport Prize

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Mark Pajak, one of our 2016 Laureate's Choice Poets, has won the 2016 Bridport Prize with his poem 'Spitting Distance'. 

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