I began writing the Lifesaving Poems series of blog posts in May 2010. The idea was to celebrate the poems that I had spent the previous year copying by hand into a notebook. This is a personal anthology of arbitrary tastes and rules: to include a poem I had to be able to remember where I was when I first read or heard it; and I only allowed myself one poem per poet (yes, I know, William Blake got in with two).
Here are the Top Ten most popular poems visited on my site so far:
The connecting of the familiar and everyday to an abstract and real state of terror.
The poem which acted as a kind of gateway for me into the world of poetry.
The apparently unresolvable tension between pressing realities and the call of something other.
Redemption and healing in the art of making, speaking, listening to and reading poems.
‘The smallest things are gifts’
To write poetry, you need to be in relationship with poetry.
How far is an artist ever fully present in their inhabited circumstances and therefore necessarily prey to the guile required to craft poetry from experience?
I hold the poem in my hand, like a pebble turned over repeatedly, searching for solace, even as it grows dark.
Each participating poet had to recite from memory ten minutes of their poetry.
A beautifully paced reading, with proper peaks and troughs, moments of slapstick comedy followed by lyrical grace; towering rage followed by barehanded grief.
You can read the full list of Lifesaving Poems here
You can read the newest entry in the Lifesaving Poems series here