Sunday, 8 July 2012

The World Record anthology

Published by Bloodaxe, The World Record is an anthology featuring one poem by each of the poets who were selected to participate in Poetry Parnassus. Entries are arranged alphabetically by country; the biographical notes following the main body of the book are also arranged by country, while an index allows the reader to search by poet (sur)name. There's also an introductory note by Simon Armitage, and a preface by anthology co-editor and festival organiser Anna Selby. Apart from its obvious function as a reference publication, the book also serves as a valuable memento for those who have attended what has been a unique and vibrant gathering of poets.

My contribution to The World Record is 'The Impressionists'. It's taken from the-now-totally-sold-out Round the Clock, and was first published in Succour's issue 6 (The Future).

An interactive map through which you can 'visit' each country and read its representative's featured poem is available on The Guardian website.

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