Poetry Picks

‘The time has come, the walrus said…’

…to launch a new venture!

It’s all very well [insert text here] recommending the odd poem now and again, but there are a lot of brilliant poets out there, who have entire books filled with incredible poems. So why shouldn’t we recommend those as well?

So, we’re launching a monthly venture, called Poetry Picks. It’s pretty simple, really. At the start of each month, we’ll post a review of a book we’ve really really enjoyed, which will hopefully serve as an encouragement for our readers to go out and find a copy, and read it themselves.

But that is not all…

As with everything, we would like to include as many people as possible in this venture. So, we’re asking for open submissions.

If you’ve read a collection of poetry recently, and think that other people deserve to know about it, then why not write your own Poetry Pick and send it in to us? You can send it to us via the Submit section of the site, or via email: manage.noordinaryblog@gmail.com

A few things to remember when submitting:

  • Only say nice things, please! Poetry Picks is about finding collections of poetry that are really really good, so pick a collection that you love, and take it from there.
  • Make sure you include ‘Poetry Picks’ in the subject of your email, or at the start of the ‘submission’ box if submitting through the site.
  • Include a short bio of yourself (max 50 words), either in the body of your email, or in the ‘additional information’ box on the site. We may also post this on our Who We Are section, and put you down as a Contributor, so if you don’t want us to do this, make sure you let us know.
  • If possible, please include a picture. This can be a photo of you with the book, a photo related to the themes of the book, a photo of your cat reading the book – the choice is yours. Just make sure you’re the photographer – or that you have the permission of whoever is the photographer. (Legal battles over copyright would really put a dampener on things.) You can either attach this to the email, or (if submitting through the site) send a separate email with the photo.
  • We might edit your review a bit, mainly if there are any spelling mistakes or anything – but don’t worry! We’ll make sure we don’t change the meaning of any of your sentences. After all, you’re the reviewer – not us.
  • Of course, if you want to recommend a collection in the form of video, or write a poem saying why these poems are great, that’s also fine by us. We love unusual ways of doing things!

If you’re confused about anything, you can either get in touch with us, or have a look at the first Poetry Pick for inspiration.

Poetry Pick #1 coming soon: August 2012


A massive congratulations to zine contributor, Phoebe Power, on winning an Eric Gregory Award this year!

Phoebe is a young Cumbrian poet, who was also a Foyle Young Poet in 2009. You can read her poem, ‘SANS PEUR’,  in our zine.

You can also visit Phoebe’s own blog and check out her work here.

Once again, a massive congratulations to Phoebe from the staff at [insert text here]. Well deserved!

Launch Photos

They’re here!

The photos from our launch have arrived!

The launch took place at Deptford Lounge in London, on May 26th 2012. It was a fantastic event – but if you missed it, never fear! We have all the pictures up online, in our Launch Gallery, so you can catch up on all the excitement there. And if you were at the launch, head on over to check out the photos and relive the event!

Below are just a couple of taster photos – check out the rest here.

Above: Harry Wilson reading to the crowd.

Below: Alice Anokhina.


The heading pretty much says it all. A week from today, is the deadline for submissions for our zine!

You can read the submissions details here.

Or you can check out our facebook event here.

The main thing is that we have lots of amazing poetry to make our first zine something really special.

Looking forward to seeing your work!

In the mean time, here’s John Keating (aka Robin Williams) telling the class in Dead Poets’ Society why we write poetry:



Here it is: the one you’ve all been waiting for.

Our first event! *cue excited squeals*

3:00 pm, Saturday 26th May, 2012.
(Yes, we know the ‘2012’ bit was probably fairly obvious, but we put it in just to avoid confusion.)

Deptford Lounge
9 Giffin Street

For those of you who don’t know Deptford Lounge already, shame on you. It’s an amazing new venue – so new, they haven’t even got their website up and running yet, but you can check them out on twitter here.

This event will be a reading – or rather, a set of readings / poetry performances. It will be in two blocks (probably around 20 minutes each), with a short gap in between for anyone who wants to grab a coffee from Deptford Lounge’s cafe.

Want to be involved? Of course you do! There are two ways to do that:

1) Sit at home in front of your computer, and read this post. Then, once the event is over, have a scroll through our photos and think to yourself,  ‘That looks like a good event’.

2) Come on down and support us! The reading will be in the library itself, so there will hopefully be a fair few people milling around anyway, looking at books or drinking coffee. But the more people we have, the better. At the moment, we’re viewing this as the unofficial launch of [insert text here], so it would be wonderful if there were lots of people there to cheer us on!

So, just a quick recap:

3:00pm, Saturday 26th May, Deptford Lounge.

See you there!

Business Cards

One small step, perhaps, but a giant leap in publicising [insert text here]

Our new business cards have now been designed, and are currently winging their way towards us on the good ship Royal Mail. (And yes, that is mixing naval and aerial metaphors.)

And why, you may ask, have we ordered business cards? What has prompted this surge in the direction of worldwide (maybe not) publicity? On Friday, [insert text here] has its first ever executive meeting, at which we will be discussing all sorts of important things. (Though since we are in England and it’s currently rather sunny, all business discussions will be preceded by a conversation regarding the weather.)

Chief among these important things will be – yes, you guessed it – events! That’s right, we will be organising our first ever events. And what better place to hand out these business cards than at our events? So if you want one to keep for your very own, that’s where to get it. But for those of you with an impatient streak, who simply can’t wait to see what these masterpieces look like (and I’m sure there are a few of you), here’s a sneak peek:

Aren’t they beautiful? Would you like one to stick up on your wall / keep in your purse / have under your pillow while you sleep? Well, the best way to get one would be to come along to our first event!

Keep your eyes on the site / follow us by pressing the button on the right. Over and out (for now).

New Poetry

Slowly but surely, the site is building – there’s the smell of new poetry in the air…

And of course, new poetry is always something to get excited about. We’ve just added a couple of pieces by lovely London-based poets Anthony Adler and Katie Byford, so make sure you head on over to the Poetry section of the site to check them out.

In other news this week, there have been lots of blueprints drawn up for very exciting future events. I won’t say too much right now (don’t want to give the game away), but a glaringly public, yet beautifully transient, display of poetry is in the planning. Thanks to poet Will Tyas for this great idea, details of whose execution we will announce in the not too distant future. (The idea’s execution, that is. Not Will’s. That would be a bad start to the endeavour.) All I’m saying is, it should be a cracking first event.

Tantalising your tastebuds? Riddling you with curiosity? Good.

In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up to the email list, and take a glance at the wonderful new poems here. That way we’ll be back in touch before you know it.