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Monday 13 November 2006

(Me and the) Poetry Foundation Journal

I've been asked (and I'm honoured, I must say) to guest-blog (I suppose you'd call it) for the (US) Poetry Foundation. Each week in their Journal section (sadly, and frustratingly, sans RSS) they get a poet or writer to write a journal entry for each day of "their" week discussing themselves and their reading. Last week, Rigoberto González took the floor. I'm up week-commencing November 27th.

I'm really thrilled. I don't write enough about poetry, and what it means to me, here on RSB, so this is a good chance to discuss (in slightly longer postings than I normally manage here) a number of poets that have recently been on my mind.

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Monday 13 November 2006

Mark McGuinness says...

Congratulations! I trust you'll mention it here when your contribution is up? And if you can persuade them to add RSS it would be great - I discovered their journal ages ago, but haven't remembered to go back since...

Monday 13 November 2006

Mark Thwaite says...

Thanks Mark. Very kind of you. Yes, I'll certainly give myself a plug when my blather goes up in the Journal! I've asked them about RSS so, hopefuly, they can get that sorted.

The Poetry Foundation main site does have an index.xml file, but I'm not sure it works quite right -- it's at

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