The main obstacle to understanding poetry, whether you are talking about Keats or Shelley or Whitman

or even Leonard Cohen, is our ingrained tendency to be very literal in communication. 

www.slate.com/blogs/quora/2015/02/25/why_is_poetry_difficult_to_understand.html

North East Poet Kate Fox raises the issue of what poets should be paid.

www.katefoxwriter.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/where-theres-poems-theres-brass

Martin Crucefix is half way through the process of judging this year’s Torriano Poetry Competition and offers

a compilation of thoughts on the judging process. 

www.martyncrucefix.com/2015/02/22/how-do-you-judge-a-poem

Penning poetry for the one you love? Here are five basic rules by Britain’s former poet laureate

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/feb/11/andrew-motion-how-write-love-poem-poetry

 John M Sweeney says

'if anyone could predict which books will sell, publishing wouldn't be the dumb business it really is.'

www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-m-sweeney/the-secret-of-poetry

Robert Peake, an American poet living in Britain, shares his thoughts on craft and innovation

www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-peake/the-difference-between

Andrew O’Hagan prepares to complete a journey around the British Isles begun with Seamus Heaney, and reflects on his lifelong immersion in poetry, and celebrates poets as risk-takers and miracle-workers.

www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/06/andrew-ohagan-love-poetry-seamus-heaney

 Maitreyabandhu says spiritual life is primarily concerned with overcoming self-centredness, with committing

ourselves to values such as empathy and insight. Poetry can be a spiritual practice, a way of life. 

www.magmapoetry.com/archive/magma-51/articles/13-ways-of-making-poetry-a-spiritual-practice

Trinidadian poet Roger Robinson talked to Katy Georgiou about dealing with rejection and why poetry

is a mission, not a business.

www.ideastap.com/IdeasMag/the-knowledge/roger-robinson-poetry

Ian Gregson, Professor of Creative Writing at Bangor University wonders if universities are doing poetry

books a disservice.

www.theconversation.com/poetry-is-well-and-truly-in-the-margins-will-it-ever-get-out

A step by step guide on how to put together a poetry manuscript for publication By Bob Holman and Margery Snyder

www.poetry.about.com/od/poetrybooks/ht/howmanuscript

What follows is the Jo Bell Method; the method of an immensely, award-winningly disorganised poet who

nonetheless has managed to win awards. Her vast and lofty experience teaches her that the key part of

winning any prize or getting into a journal is this: SEND THE BUGGERS OFF.

www.belljarblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/submitting-to-journals-the-jo-bell-method