Thursday, 15 April 2010

Poe-Tography Winners announced

Hi there to all,

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. Yes, it’s time to reveal our competition winners for our first ever Poe-tography competition. If you’ve checked out our website (and we know you have been) and sent us your preferences then a big thank you. We’ve had some great debates in the office as to what our final three should be but let me tell that our team agreed independently on the short list (that’s without conferring) and we came back with fairly similar results. This pleased us no end. We’re not going to divulge how we decided upon the final three but just to say there was some debate over one of our finalists and that’s because we all liked both options. In the end it came down to how well the poem worked with the photograph. It was a poe-tography competition after all!!!

So impressed were we by the overall entries that we’ve decided to work on a Poe-tography anthology. This is our way of promoting all those contributors to our competition. So everyone’s a winner! Many of us poets need to get our work noticed whether it be in publications or performances. Here at I Poetry TV we promised that we would do just that with workshops, training and events. This event signifies for us the first of many. We’ll keep you posted for we are currently in talks about our other ideas which will incorporate the much promised workshop and training elements. It’s on its way folks just be ready!!!

The identities of our winners can be found on our website here:

so what are you waiting for check it out directly after you’ve finished reading our newsletter special!

If you enjoyed this competition, the work it's produced and you want to get the latest information on the upcoming anthology which feature the work of our other great entrants plus some I poetry TV originals, Why not become a fan of Poe-Tography here

On a final note, as promised 10% of the competition proceeds will be donated to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal. We remember the devastating earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, ending the lives of around 200,000 and affecting over one million people. Three months on our support serves to illustrate that the lives of people affected by disaster are still within our minds and our thoughts as they continue on their journey of survival.

Until next time we thank you
I poetry TV

Thursday, 1 April 2010

I poetry TV February-March Bumper Newsletter (with added April Fools’ Day challenge) – Sorry we’ve been away

Hello Everyone
It’s April 1st which means two things:

1) That for some it’s the day to let out your inner prankster as it is April Fools’ Day.
2) That I poetry TV hasn’t put out a newsletter for the past two months

To make up for the second part we are going to give you double stuffed newsletter today with twice the I poetry TV goodness plus a little bit of April Fools’ Day game to boot.

OK let’s start with a little April Fools’ Day fun. Below are two stories taken from today’s Metro Newspaper in the UK. One is true and one is false. See if you can guess which is which:

1) NHS call-centre worker becomes Her Majesty The Queen
THE next time you call for health advice, you could find yourself talking to Royalty. Fundraiser David Lennox has changed his name by Deed Poll to Her Majesty the Queen. The NHS 24 call operator will spend a year as the Queen following an online poll to raise cash for the Association of International Cancer Research.

‘I think the majority of patients are going to question speaking to Her Majesty, so I think I might have to call myself Madge,’ said Mr Lennox, 29, who lives in Aberdeen.

2) Pheromone phone

Having trouble pulling? Then you might want to get your hands on a new mobile phone with integrated pheromones. The aroma that comes off the ‘Phero-phone’ should make landing a hot date much easier, according to its co-creators – the retailer Phones 4u and the Royal College of Sexual Science. ‘The scent we have fashioned for the “Phero-phone” will definitely help men and women get the attention they desire,’ said a spokesman for the RCSS.

Can you guess which is fake? All will be revealed at the end of the newsletter.


To everyone who entered our first ever poe-tography competition. We received a lot of great entries and our now in the process of judging them. It’s tough because we got a lot of high quality submissions.

We are planning to announce a shortlist soon so that everyone can view and comment on what we see as the best of the best entries that were sent in. The winner will be announced on April 15th so make sure you join the I poetry TV group (if you haven’t already) for all of the latest updates.

30 FREE T-shirts to be given away
Speaking of joining the I poetry TV group we are giving away 30 free limited edition I poetry TV t-shirts but only if we get 10,000 members in our group. To win a t-shirt
1) Join the group here
2) Get all you friends to Join
3) When your friends join get them to post a link to your profile here - - “lets get 10,000 members” discussion board.
4) If we can hit 10,000 members the 30 people who bring the most members will get a free t-shirt

So come guys, I poetry TV is committed to helping promote all of the artists within its online community. The more people we bring into the community the better we can do that. Help us help you and win a free t-shirt in the process.

T witter poetry
One more thing, A few Months ago we launched the I poetry TV twitter feed. Since then I discovered wide range of amazingly talented and creative poets who have not let the 140 character limit stop them from producing brilliant and insightful work.

I have also written a series of poems one of which is below

Blissful Rest
Past the midnight sky
Is anyone still awake?
Sleeping is blissful

If you liked that more can be found here

And for the latest poems and to get involved in the wonderful twitter poetry scene follow me on twitter

Poetic thoughts
We normally have a poetic thought of the month but as promised we’re going to double it up so here’s a poetic thought for February and a poetic thought for march enjoy.
First a poem from Peter Burnell
So what is life,this waste of time
this sentence to a ghastly crime
this fleeting glimpse of mortality
encased in material frequency
a random chemical infusion
from the pot of chaotic confusion
or designation with a purpose
through evolution out of material surplus

So what is life,a natural selection
a drift through time without direction
a passage through a tempest storm
a test to pass,an eternal dawn
a total one of demonstration
or perhaps another re-incarnation
a chance to carry on your genes
so you may live by other means

So what is life,what do you find
a chance for growth for peace of mind
a chance to go and find your self
to truly gauge your spiritual health
or perhaps you see it as a race
for amassing wealth and it that's the case
you'll see it more for material gain
then time you'll feel becomes a bane

Our second poetic thought comes from Federico Federici

XLVIII. the days of trial

it’s been along a leaf edge
that autumn has crept
to bite bones and nails
pluck antiphonal strings
twigs of stirred dry nerves
a minor chord in praise
of January grass

it has drawn patterns of blood
on many a flap of snow
through empty lines of fields
it’s dropped from old patches
of woods and weeds

what do I make of me?
what sort of loss, of end?
the unequal trial of days
will weigh my soul with ashes

Poetry from around the world
In the spirit of the newsletter we will be focussing on two countries firstly

France (specifically the Rondel)
A rondel is a verse form originating in French lyrical poetry, later used in the verse of other languages as well, such as English and Romanian. It is a variation of the rondeau consisting of two quatrains followed by a quintet (13 lines total) or a sestet (14 lines total). The rondel was invented in the 14th century, and is arguably better suited to the French language than to English.

Secondly we will focus on

The Tanka
Yes we are going back to those poetic masters the Japanese. If you follow I poetry TV you will know we are quite fond of Haikus, however we feel it’s quite important to emphasise that Japan has produce a wide range of poetic techniques.

The Tanka is a form of Waka (a genre of classical Japanese verse and one of the major genres of Japanese literature. The term was coined during the Heian period, and was used to distinguish Japanese-language poetry from kanshi(poetry written in Chinese by Japanese poets).
Tanka consists of five units (often treated as separate lines when Romanized or translated) usually with the following pattern of onji:
The 5-7-5 is called the kami-no-ku ("upper phrase"), and the 7-7 is called the shimo-no-ku ("lower phrase"). Tanka is a much older form of Japanese poetry than haiku.

Final note
Ok so did you guess which of the April Fools’ day stories were fake. If you thought
Number 1: NHS call-centre worker becomes Her Majesty The Queen
was fake you’d be wrong that story is 100% true

The fake story was
Number 2: Pheromone phone

Sorry guys this magic phone just does not exist.

Well I hope you enjoyed this special doubled up news letter. We’ll be back with a new newsletter to announce the winner of the I poetry TV poe-tography competition on April the 15th.

Until next time
I poetry TV

Sunday, 31 January 2010

I poetry tv January Newsletter – A special message for Haiti and my work at the “Say Hello” festival

I’m sure you’re all aware of the recent devastating events that have taken place in Haiti recently. The country has been torn apart by a brutal earthquake and its people are in need of our thoughts and support more than ever right now.

With that in mind I would like to begin this newsletter with the poetic though of the month.. It is called “A Cry from Haiti” and is by Chaouki Mkaddem. I’m sure you’ll all agree it echoes our feelings at the moment.

A Cry From Haiti!!

If someone asks me,
Where I am from,
I will answer: I belong to the earth,
I belong to the whole world,
But today I am particularly Haitian.
The disaster shook my body.
Haitian tears blended into my blood.
My heart is hurt!
The loss was so great,
Because of the earthquake.
I cannot surrender to this fate..
It’s no good to wait!!
Let’s make their mourning evaporate,
By rushing and being the first to donate.

By Chaouki Mkaddem

We would like to take this moment to send our deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones who have been involved with this earthquake. We should all do our best to help the relief effort.

At this point I would like to provide you with an account of some work I did recently. It was a great experience and I hope I get the chance to replicate it by working with some of you

It’s that time of the year when everyone is back in the swing of things and that’s no exception for me as part of E1top (Each One Teach One Productions) and Ipoetry TV.

Yesterday I was fortunate to be part of “Say Hello” an event for the entire family in Richmond Upon Thames - hosted by the Mayor Cllr Celia Hodges and Deputy Mayor Cllr Ben Khosa.

Music, dance, storytelling and arts activities, along with the various cultural and information stalls and a variety of food from around world was the order of the day.

By providing the storytelling, I got to work with a lot of young enquiring minds. Telling a mixture of Aesop’s fables, Anansi stories and tales from around the world while using movement, percussion and song to bring the stories to life always gets the creative juices going.

Audience participation brings out the best in storytellers' and this event proved to be no exception. I could not hold back on incorporating poetic verse as part of my set and as I looked out to the faces in the audience and saw their responses I felt their enthusiasm rub off on me.

During another part of the set, with a group of young people, we used percussion instruments to provide a soundtrack to a story that was to do with the rain, thunder and an animal’s cry. The day was for adults too. It’s rewarding when they enjoy stories so much they come back for more or ask you if you’re doing another set but most of all when they themselves participate..

Overall, it was an experience that confirms we all have so much to contribute to each other‘s performance in order to make for the truly memorable experiences. The team will definitely be going to more events this year. Even if we cannot get to yours feel free to send us a review for consideration in our forthcoming newsletters.

A final note - The Ipoetry TV team would like to thank all of you who have so far submitted entries to our first competition event! Please keep them coming. As a humble gesture on our part we will be donating 10% of the proceeds of the competition to the people of Haiti.

For this and other competition details go to

Until next time!

Thursday, 31 December 2009

I poetry TV: END OF THE YEAR Newsletter – Cash prizes up for grabs in our Poe – tography competition

Hello everyone

As we talked about in our last newsletter this month I poetry TV will be launching our poe-tography competition. This competition is the start of our mission to create new and exciting work by fusing poetry with a range of multimedia.

This competition tasks you with combining two of our favourite art works here at I poetry TV, Photography and Haikus. What we want is for you to take a great photo on a theme of your choosing and write a traditional haiku (three lines of 5,7,5 syllables respectively) to go with it.

How To Enter

Each entry must be one photograph with a haiku underneath it into a Microsoft word document (or a document that is compatible with Microsoft word)

To enter attach submissions to an e-mail with the subject line:

Poe-tography Competition

Include in the e-mail your name and mobile number (if you do not consent to us keeping your mobile number after the competition closes please mention this in the e-mail).

Send this e-mail with your entries attached to

Once your entries have been received we will send you a confirmation asking you to pay the entry fee. Once you have paid the entry fee your submissions will be entered into the competition and you will be eligible for one of three cash prizes.

(Note: Even though the competition is open to anyone from any country all poems must be submitted in English)

£5.00 for one poem/photo combination
£7.50 for up to three poem/photo combinations (that’s just £2.50 for each submission)
£10.00 for up to ten poem/photo combinations (that’s just £1.00 for each submission)
(There is maximum of ten poem/photo combinations per e-mail address)

(Note: fees are presented here in Great British pounds but the competition is open to anyone from any country. Payments from any country can be accepted, for exact fees in your country apply current exchange rates)

(Note: proceeds from this competition will go towards helping us provide our live and online workshops for you)

As we’ve been saying there are cash prizes up for grabs:

1st Prize: £200
2nd Prize: £50
3rd Prize £25
(Or converted equivalent in your local currency)
(Note: each person can only win one prize no matter how many entries are submitted however more entries will increase your chances of winning)

The closing date for the competition is 15th of March 2010

The winner will be announced on the 15th of April 2010

So good luck we looked forward to seeing some wonderful work

Poetic thought of the month
The Poetic thought for this month comes from SRI WINTALA ACHMAD (Gunung Gamping Indonesia).
The Daytime's Downpour
(Short Letter for Tukoku Kamei)

Under the sky the arousing timpani of thunder
The Rain's gratings were her curving fingers
Playing the violin of defeat
For all dreams about the deteriorating sun
Buried no strewn flowers, but
Sadness the rain played on old tins
Felt by her it was the triangle
Pouring its tears out
From the deepest hurt heart
To twilight where the day
Closing its black screen
Indonesia, 2002-2009
We feel the beauty of this poem stands as testament to the quality of work many of you have been producing

New Year New Profile
We have been delighted with the response to I poetry TV on facebook. The response has been so good that our facebook profile has nearly reached its limit but fear not, if you still want to be a friend of I poetry TV we have new profile associated with us: so please send all new friend request and suggestions to Brenda Ipoetrytv or follow this link:

Poetry from around the world
For this edition of poetry from around the world we thought we go out on a new year’s favourite:

Auld Lang Syne

A Scottish poem believed to be written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is well known in many English-speaking (and other) countries and is often sung to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight.
The song's Scots title may be translated into English literally as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago" or "days gone by". The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" is also used in similar poems by Robert Ayton (1570–1638), Allan Ramsay (1686–1757), and James Watson (1711) as well as older folk songs predating Burns.
Robert Burns sent a copy of the original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, “The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man". Some of the lyrics were indeed "collected" rather than composed by the poet; the ballad "Old Long Syne" printed in 1711 by James Watson shows considerable similarity in the first verse and the chorus to Burns' later poem, and is almost certainly derived from the same "old song". It is a fair supposition to attribute the rest of the poem to Burns himself.
There is some doubt as to whether the melody used today is the same one Burns originally intended, but it is widely used both in Scotland and in the rest of the world.

And with that we will say good bye to 2009 and hope that you will all enter our competition and continue to support us in 2010.

Now lets all ring in the New Year together with Robert Burns classic

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.


Sunday, 29 November 2009

I Poetry TV -November Newsletter - poetry/photography competition coming next month

We know you have been eagerly awaiting the start of our training workshops. We want to reach everyone whether you’re a visual artist or just a great poet . For this reason, we are launch our first poe-tography (a wonderful combination of poetry and phtography) training workshop in early 2010 to all our members.

In the meantime, I Poetry TV will be launching a first poe-tography competition that we want you all to enter.

Full details will be released next month. Winners of the competition will be reviewed on our website and be awarded cash prizes.

So for now get your thinking caps on.

Poetry from around the world - English poetry

The history of English poetry stretches from the middle of the 7th century to the present day. Its poetry has spread around the globe. Consequently, the term English poetry is unavoidably ambiguous. It can mean poetry written in England, or poetry written in the English Language. The earliest surviving English poetry was likely oral or in early versions that haven‘t survived; thus, dating the earliest poetry remains difficult. The earliest surviving manuscripts date from the 10th century. The earliest known English poem is a hymn on the creation; Bede attributes this to Cædmon (fl. 658–680), who was, according to legend, an illiterate herdsman who produced extemporaneous poetry at a monastery at Whitby. This is generally taken as marking the beginning of Anglo-Saxon poetry. English poetry now.

In the twenty-first century, only a small percentage of the world's native English speakers live in England or are native English speakers. A number of major national poetries, including the American, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and Indian poetry have emerged and developed.

There has also been a growth in interest in women's writing, and in poetry from England's ethnic groupings, especially the West Indian community. Performance poetry has gained popularity, fuelled by the Poetry Slam movement. Poets who emerged in this period include Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion, Craig Raine, Wendy Cope, James Fenton, Blake Morrison, Liz Lochhead, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Benjamin Zephaniah.

This weeks poetic thought of the month comes from
Peter Burnell

I have the power to paint a sentence blue
yet i am no artist so what else can i do
i have the power to set emotions rife
to regenerate,assimulate and turn into strife
i have the power to subdue and shock
to humiliate,degenerate and anger unlock
i have the power of emphasision
to intimidate,obliterate with open derision

i have the power to see through pretention
to shun etiquette as a feeble invention
to open you eyes through emphasis of feeling
to put special stress to aid in your dealing
i have the power to cut to the chase
with vulgar expression in a language called base
i cut through formality with he strength of my aim
the greater the strength the greater my claim

i have the power to humble the proud
turn the emporer's new clothes into a shroud
i have the power to play to the masses
to bring forth emotion promoting dark clashes
to exalt false courage to placate your fear
to destroy those standards you hold to so dear
i have the power and on that i swear
for that is the power,the power to dare

The swear word by Peter Burnell

If you would like the chance to feature in the poetic thought of the month please leave a poetic thought in the i Poetry TV group discussion board

Remember we are also on twitter
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Sunday, 18 October 2009

National Poetry Day Live, and I poetry TV now on twitter

Hello Everyone

On Thursday the 8th of October 2009 I poetry TV attended National poetry day Live at the Royal festival hall and below is a summary from the day:

Why Just About Anyone Can Write and Perform Poetry

The performances at Royal Festival Hall’s (RFH) National Poetry Day Live are resounding proof of this.

When you truly imagine that there is something in it for everyone, then you begin to see the RFH’s National Poetry Day Live as a great and even groundbreaking time for celebrating poetry.

It was a day when Caroline Duffy, the poet laureate, was followed by a host of poets including Lemn Sissay; Selma Hall; Anjan Saha and Lost Luggage; Birmingham’s own Dreadlock Alien; John Headley and Liverpool’s Roger McGough.

For the full review go to our brand new website

But what is is a new website brought to you by i poetry TV here you can get news and info on artists and events from poetry, photography, music, art and video. The site also provides users a chance to see products on related subjects which help support the growth of I poetry TV.
So please check out and tell all of your friends.

Poetry From Around the World
This month in Poetry From Around the world we look at modern poetry in Brazil:

Modern poetry in Brazil is no less mysterious than the country itself.
The Iberian Baroque, Italian Arcadianism, French Romanticism, Parnassianism and Symbolism have all have held sway in Brazil over the course of it's history, each manifesting itself in a highly original way.

Around 1922, during the centennial celebrations of Brazil's independence from Portugal, an eclectic group of young writers, poets, artists and musicians, most of them from São Paulo state's coffee-growing high bourgeoisie, came together to promote a Modern Art Week at the São Paulo Municipal Theatre.

The initial movement of Modernism in the 20's introduced into Brazilian poetry a global attitude, incorporating broad cultural interests, irreverence, humour, and free verse. In addition to Oswald de Andrade, some pioneers included Mario de Andrade, Raul Bopp and Luis Aranha. and arguably Brazilian poetry's finest hour, came in the 30's, with the second wave of Modernists. The poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Murilo Mendes, Vinícius de Moraes and Manuel Bandeira, both individually and as a group, were equal to the principal currents of Western Modernism. The high quality of these poets is matched only by their sheer bad luck in having been confined to a readership, not only in their own tongue, but also in their own country, since they are exceedingly little known.

Source – Consulate General of Brazil

The Poetic thought of the month

The poetic thought of the month for this newsletter comes from Joan McNerney:

Even Goya's portraits are
less intriguing than faces
of frost on my window.

This poem was chosen for it's ability to convey a powerful poetic thought in a small space. Sometimes big things really do come in small packages. I'd like to thank Joan for her contribution.

And Finally

As some of you already know i Poetry TV has now launched on twitter so you can follow us at

for up to the minute i Poetry TV news

Remember were always looking to profile artists so to receive an interview questionnaire which could feature in an upcoming newsletter e-mail

Until the next newsletter

I poetry TV

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Introducing Poetry From around the World

I Poetry TV Newsletter
Number 2: Sep 2009

Hello everyone
To begin this month’s newsletter I Poetry TV would like to introduce a brand new section. It’s called Poetry from Around the World. Every month we will explore different countries and their poetic heritage.

For our first installment we will take an ancient and mysterious form of poetry. Create an image in your mind, like a photograph, letting nature be your theme. Write three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables respectively and you will have the centuries-old form of Japanese poetry, the Haiku. This is one of ours:

Weather changing how
Autumn left to come again
Winter’s no new pain
© I Poetry TV, 2009

Haikus began as Hokku the opening stanza of an orthodox collaborative linked poem. In the middle of the 17th century Hokku had begun to appear as an individual poem. By the end of the 19th century the Japanese author/poet Masaoka Shiki renamed the standalone Hokku to Haiku. Today, Haikus are written in many languages and have become a well accepted poetic art form around the world.

Make sure you check out next month’s newsletter when we will be diving into poetry from Brazil. If you have any contributions you would like to make please don’t hesitate to let us know.

We are still on the look out for more entries for the poetic thoughts of the month. This month’s thought comes from Jonas McCloud. We would like to thank him for his poem. Check out Jonas’ work below:

my conceptz are contagious
couragously leakin onto pages
seepin thru the ages
like a virus - creepin thru the matrix
breathin as i leap over the fakness
meetin fam - speakin of the latest
spontaneous moves deep in the spaces
and if u kno sun ra, u kno thats where the place is

so im orbitin round the radius
plutoground labourist
fableist lyricist
the butterfly struggles out the crysalis
meticolous motion poetry spoken by the tongue physicist
brilliant like the sun reflected in an amethyst
re-arrangin the everchangin heart beat of an arrythmitist with spirit fists
cloudz represent with truly mythic lips

lyrics sick like a fever
cypha demeanour in this geeza
i give poets n mc's no breather
cos the 1's who make it
r the 1's who r keener

so i move forwards with directional consistency
diction conviction intentional and insistent b
brisk and free in its movement of air - mystikal blow -
on a search to repair and spiritually grow
so i vigourisley flow
for the mighty unseen force and the 1's who kno
coz they r the 1's who r ready to go......

© Jonas McCloud, 2009

We at I Poetry TV thought many of the submissions were worthy of inclusion but Jonas’ work got the edge this month. Please keep them coming as we want to get to know you through your poetry. Alternatively, why not try your hand at something you may not have done before and write a Haiku of your own.

If you want to submit a poem for inclusion in next month’s newsletter please leave it under the poetic thought of the month topic on the discussion board.

We at I Poetry TV are looking to be a springboard for new poetic talent. We want to feature new and exciting poets in our newsletter. If you are interested in taking part in an I Poetry TV interview, e-mail us to request our easy to use interview template at, complete it and return it to us. We’ll feature the best interviews in future newsletters.

One final note, to those of you who have responded and told us that you would like to be a part of the future of I Poetry TV; we welcome your requests and will be in touch with each of you personally very shortly. We at I Poetry TV are excited by all the responses and have been putting steps in place to get our workshops/performances off the ground. Initially, they will be hosted in London. But we are keen to go national and international. And from your responses so are you. If you want to be part of I Poetry TV and haven’t already please get in touch. Together we will make it happen.

Until next month’s edition
I Poetry TV