National Poetry Day

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Introducing new work from Professor Alice Entwistle and Professor Kevin Mills, members of USW’s English Research Unit and The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations.

New poems

Larktown Suite by Professor Kevin Mills is a sequence of poems based on traditional songs. In the past, events such as outbreaks of plague, disasters and social crises were memorialised in popular ballads. “I wanted to revive the tradition in response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Kevin. Listen to the poems.

On poetry

Texts which use the fewest words are always the ones which seem most compelling, says Professor Alice Entwistle, who specialises in poetry, usually contemporary, and often (though not always) by women. Read this article.

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