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National Poetry Day - 8th October

National Poetry Day.  My word, the contents have changed over the years. Here’s a memory of mine of earlier years:


This used to be anthology day;

titles such as Favourite Verse

would sell like hotcakes and become

as good as a holiday read;


but not before the editors

had included page after page

of their own poems like William

Butler Yeats who selected

fourteen of his loved-ones while

editing the Oxford Book

of Modern Verse and mistakenly

encouraged unknown poet-

editors to give more space to theirs

in the search for a reputation.


As Yeats won the Nobel Prize,

of such marvellous dreams was

National Poetry Day made

once a year for the hoi polloi.

08/10/2015