Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ruth Padel on poets & poetry

In honor of International Women's Day, Ruth Padel, prizewinning poet and former chair of the UK Poetry Society, chose her favorite poets who happen to be women. Read more about her list.

Learn more about Ruth Padel's book, Tigers in Red Weather, which has been been shortlisted for the 2007 Kiriyama Prize in non-fiction, for books that promote understanding of South Asia.

And see what she's been reading.

I don't know if or when Padel's The Poem and the Journey will be available in the U.S., but here's what Peter Forbes said about it in the Independent:
“A defence of poetry of a kind I have been waiting a long time to read. Ruth Padel talks naturally about the way we read poetry to make a powerful case for poetry as a living art form. Brilliant: it is sensible, unpretentious, answers questions an anxious reader with a toe in the water of poetry would want to ask, and her conceits are wonderfully apt and lively.”
--Marshal Zeringue