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Poet Kevin Morris Reading His Poem “The Autumn Rain” On Youtube

A video of me reading my poem “The Autumn Rain”, recorded on Sunday 4 October

A Podcast of Poet Kevin Morris’s Appearance on Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s The World Poetry Reading Series, On Thursday 24 September Is Now Available

I am pleased to announce that a podcast of my recent appearance (24 September), on Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s The World Poetry Reading Series is now available, and can be accessed here, http://www.coopradio.org/station/archives/1707.

If you did not have an opportunity to listen on Thursday 24 September, or would like to do so again, please visit the above link.

My reading takes place approximately 12-15 minutes into the podcast, which I listened back to using Google Chrome.

A Reminder: Poet Kevin Morris Interviewed by Ariadne Sawyer of The World Poetry Reading Series At 9 PM (UK Time) This Evening (Thursday 24 September)

A reminder, for anyone who is interested, that my interview with Ariadne Sawyer of Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s The World Poetry Reading Series will be broadcast this evening, https://kmorrispoet.com/2020/09/18/poet-kevin-morris-interviewed-by-ariadne-sawyer-of-vancouver-co-op-radios-the-world-poetry-reading-series-on-thursday-24th-september-2020/.

The show starts at 9 pm (UK time), whilst my bit can be found approximately 10-15 minutes into the broadcast.

During the broadcast I talk about my poetry and read several of my poems, including “Dog Bed”, which was composed in response to the death of my dog Trigger earlier this month, (https://kmorrispoet.com/2020/09/05/dog-bed-revised-poem/).

Poet Kevin Morris Interviewed by Ariadne Sawyer of Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s the World Poetry Reading Series, on Thursday 24th September 2020

A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed for the World Poetry Reading Series by Ariadne Sawyer. My interview was conducted over Zoom, and is due to be broadcast at 9 pm (UK time) on Thursday 24th September.

During the interview, I read several of my poems and discussed my work. Should you wish to listen to my interview at 9 pm on 24th September, please visit Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s the World Poetry Reading Series here, https://worldpoetry.ca/ for details.

The World Poetry Reading Series recently published “The World Poetry Anthology”. As announced on 7 September, I was delighted that my poem “England on the Eve of World War I” is included in the book. For details of the anthology please see my post of 7 September, https://kmorrispoet.com/2020/09/07/my-poem-england-on-the-eve-of-world-war-i-included-in-world-poetry-peaceathon-anthology/.

One of My poems Included On Dodo Modern Poets

Dodo Modern Vidpoets Logo

I am pleased to announce that my poem “The Man With the Mop” has been included on Dodo Modern Poets for September 2020. To listen to my poem (and that of the other contributors), please visit, http://dodovidpoets.blogspot.com/2020/09/virtual-dodo-3-september-2020.html.

“The Man With the Mop” can be found in “The Selected Poems of K Morris”, which can be accessed here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WW8WXPP/ and here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WW8WXPP/.

Poet Kevin Morris To Be Interviewed on Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s The World Poetry Reading Series, on Thursday 25 June 2020

I am pleased to announce that I shall be interviewed by Ariadne Sawyer of The World Poetry Reading Series, on Thursday 25 June, (https://worldpoetry.ca/).

The interview will take place at 11 am (Vancouver time), which equates to 7 pm (UK time). Due to the Corona pandemic, my interview will take place over Zoom and be broadcast at a later date.

During the interview, I will read from and discuss my recently published collection, “Light and Shade: Serious (and Not so Serious) Poems.

Once my interview goes live, I shall post a link to it here.

You can find links to “Light and Shade” below:

For amazon.com customers please click here https://www.amazon.com/Light-Shade-serious-not-poems-ebook/dp/B08B4X3GVX/ (for the Kindle edition), and here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B37VVKV/ (for the paperback).

For amazon.co.uk customers please follow this link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Shade-serious-not-poems-ebook/dp/B08B4X3GVX/ (for the Kindle edition), or click here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08B37VVKV/ (for the paperback).

On 27 February 2020, I discussed my poetry with Ariadne Sawyer of the World Poetry Reading Series. For that appearance please visit, http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-80.

A Recording Of Me Reading A Poem From My “Selected Poems”

This poem is included in my “Selected Poems”. “The Selected Poems of K Morris” can be found here

(for the UK), and here

(for amazon.com customers).

10 of the Most Accessible Poets in English Literature

On 30 May, the blog Interesting Literature published a post entitled “10 of the most accessible poets in English Literature”, https://wp.me/p2WHCx-5Bm.

Amongst the poets mentioned are some of my own favourites, including Philip Larkin, the American poet Emily Dickinson, and Thomas Hardy.

Below are links to a selection of my favourite poems by Larkin, Dickinson and Hardy.

“Aubade” by Philip Larkin. Read by the poet himself, Aubade is a powerful examination of the poet’s fear of death, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDr_SRhJs80

“Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson. Unlike Larkin in “Aubade” Dickinson does not see death as a threat which does, I think stem from her deep religious faith, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am5O8_iCpmg

“The Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy. Hardy’s bleak mood is contrasted with that of the joyful singing of an “aged thrush”, which causes the poet to ponder on how the bird can see “some blessed hope whereof he knew and I was unaware”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGY3DZH85O8

Should poetry be accessible? Certainly any poet who deliberately writes to be inaccessible would be a very strange creature indeed. However what is accessible to one is not accessible to another as, to some extent accessibility is in the eye of the beholder.

Poets also need to be cognisant of the danger of patronising (talking down to) their readers. Whilst working on my forthcoming poetry collection, I considered the need for footnotes. This question arose as in 4 instances I reference the work of long dead poets. My initial view was that anyone with access to Google (please note that other search engines are available)! could easily ascertain details of the poem/poet mentioned, meaning that footnotes where unnecessary. However, I came to the conclusion that adding a few footnotes was preferable to having my readers cursing me for assuming that they had knowledge not possessed by them. Consequently several footnotes appear at the end of my poems.

As to whether my work is accessible? only my readers can answer that question. And different readers will, I believe answer it differently.

(You can find my “Selected Poems” here, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WW8WXPP/. My forthcoming collection will, I hope be available in late June/early July).

Kevin Morris’s Interview on Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s the World Poetry Reading Series, at 9:10 pm (UK time) on Thursday 27 February 2020

On Thursday 27 February, at 9:10 pm (UK time), I was priveleged to appear on Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s the World Poetry Reading Series.

During the course of the interview, I read and discussed my poetry.

I am grateful to Ariadne Sawyer for her kindness in hosting me on her show. To listen to me reading and discussing my poetry, please visit http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-80. Please note, I listened back to my interview using Google Chrome., so I know that Chrome works.

A Reminder: Poet K Morris to Appear on Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s the World Poetry Reading Series at 9:10 pm on Thursday 27 February


For anyone who would like to hear me reading and discussing my poetry, I shall, as mentioned in this post, https://kmorrispoet.com/2020/02/08/poet-kevin-morris-to-appear-on-vancouver-co-op-radios-the-world-poetry-reading-series-at-910-pn-uk-time-on-thursday-27th-february-2020/, be live on the World Poetry Reading Series, at 9:10 pm (UK time), on Thursday 27 February. A podcast of my interview will subsequently be available and I shall post a link to it here.