I have been cooking up something special for poets, publishers of poetry and our libraries. The following letter will be going out to nearly a hundred publishers and almost twice as many poetry magazines and small press over the next two months.
Baldy (Kieran Davis) and his brother, Damien, aim to rock the poetry world this summer. Watch this space.
To whom it may concern,
I hope this finds you well. ‘Hope’ is very much the theme of this missive and I hope you’ll be excited about what I aim to do for the world of poetry. Don’t panic, I’m not asking for money (I hate money) or publication (I have that sorted). My name is Kieran Davis, I am a poet with dreams bigger than myself. I am working on a project called ‘Poartry’.
Poartry has a number of objectives, primarily, to raise awareness of poetry as an art-form, but to also promote poets, publishers of poetry and our libraries. I am working with a web designer to create a place with an extensive source of resources for us all.
The website will include a newsfeed that will advertise poets and publishers, poetry events such as book launches, readings, workshops, competitions and more. It will have an impressive listing of poetry publishers, magazines and small press, with links to their sites, contact details and submissions guidelines.
I hope to include a poet’s page with links to poets’ sites and samples of their poetry. There will be a page for poets old and new, the most read, the famous, and those deserving of fame (should they seek it).
There will also be a ‘Poetry Prompts’ page with ideas, visual aids and more, intended to inspire poets. The possibilities are endless and it is hoped that the more people involved, the more we can support and promote each other with no cost involved.
There are two other primary objectives for Poartry. One is ‘Lending Your Love.’ This project is to support our libraries and improve their poetry selection and displays; and hopefully increase their usage. I will be working with my local libraries but urge you all to get involved with your own. This project includes the publishers arranging book signings for their poets at the library and maybe readings or other events (I am hoping to take two other poets on a tour of my own local libraries.
The other part of the ‘Lending Your Love’ project is the donation of books, pamphlets and magazines to improve our libraries’ poetry selection and modernise it. I am writing to my own local libraries with all the above information and requesting a library liaison to help with contacting libraries nationwide to support you all with these endeavours.
Of course, there is no obligation but if you can afford to give your local library a book or two (or magazine/pamphlet if you are a small press), I am sure the goodwill will be recognised and rewarded. Please invite your local press to any event and inform them of your book donation as part of the Poartry initiative, then send me the information/press cutting. I have a couple of publishers donating books already to the Worcestershire libraries but if you could see yourself donating an additional copy for me to present my own library with, I would be eternally grateful. If this goes as hoped, we may be able to get sponsorship or funding to buy books for the libraries, but one thing at a time. I don’t like dealing with money and will only ever ask donations of literature (and time).
Finally, Poartry’s last objective is ‘The Planting of the Poet Trees’. This will involve, a poet or group of poets (and hopefully their publisher) performing a poetry reading whilst they plant a tree (hopefully at or near a library) to commemorate a poet. This will hopefully involve your local council and conservation group. Anything you can organise or suggest to others to be a part of this will be welcome news. Again, please invite your local press and send me the details of events and publication around this.
Please let me know if you will approve of me using your details for the forthcoming Poartry site (hopefully live end of July, start of August) and let me know if you can be involved in either ‘Lending Your Love’ or ‘The Planting of the Poet Tree’. All correspondence to the email address or home address below. I will send a message of receipt for any book donations intended for my library and let you know which one receives them. Thank you so much for your time, I wish you every success and will keep you posted on the Poartry projects. Sincere best wishes,