Poetry Reading Group Program

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The Poetry Book Society of the U.K. has just launched a new reading group program based on the shortlist for the 2010 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. They are hoping to persuade fiction reading groups to try poetry, using the work of the poets shortlisted for the Prize.

Reading groups can download three poems from each book, together with reading group notes on the poems, a biography and photo of each poet from The Poetry Book Society website. The website will also offer readers the opportunity to vote for their favourite poet online and to take part in discussion of the shortlist. The result of the reading groups’ vote will be announced on January 24, 2011.

The poets might not be familar to you but give it a try. Maybe pick one from the list and one American poet for National Poetry Month in April.

There are many ways to start the reading group discussion. Is there a difference between British poetry as oppose to American poetry? Is it the different cultures? Don't be afraid of poetry.

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