Three New Poems Available at Places of Poetry

Hi all! I’m very happy to let you know that three whole poems of mine (gasp!), previously unpublished (shock!), are now available to read online through the Places of Poetry project, a free online map of poetry from across the country.

From their website: “Places of Poetry is led by the renowned poet Paul Farley and the academic Andrew McRae. It is based at the universities of Exeter and Lancaster, and generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England. It is underpinned by national partnerships with the Ordnance Survey, The Poetry Society, and National Poetry Day.” The project’s aim is to “use creative writing to prompt reflection on national and cultural identities in England and Wales, celebrating the diversity, heritage and personalities of place.”

Anyone who’s familiar with my past academic work will know that I find maps of poetry, and connections between poetry and physical space generally, absolutely fascinating, so I was really excited to contribute some work to this project. I’ve placed three poems at different locations on the map, each poem linked to and inspired by its tagged location. Why not scour the face of England looking for my work? (Or you could just search for my name on the map, I guess.)

I’ll add the three poems to my Poetry section at some point, but for now Places of Poetry is the only way you can find them, so go give it a look! Even better, add some place-inspired poetry of your own to the map!

Lots of love,

Alex xo

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