I simply don’t believe that poetry blogs
are anachronistic in 2021. What’s more, when compiling my annual (subjective
and incomplete) list of the Best U.K. Poetry Blogs, I was reassured and
reminded by all these amazing bloggers’ efforts that the medium is very much alive
and kicking, offering a more substantial and less ephemeral format than social
This year’s list even includes several top-notch newcomers, some of whom have been blogging for years but have only appeared on my limited radar this time around. Let’s start with them…
- Jeremy Wikeley’s The Left Margin is a top-notch addition to the U.K. poetry blog scene. Packed with critical insight, it’s dangerously addictive!
- Fokkina McDonnell’s Acacia Publications blog features a wide range of guest poets, while also charting
her own journey through poetry.
- Bob Mee’s blog is full of the insight into
the genre that he’s acquired as both a poet and a publisher.
- Wendy Pratt’s blog is bubbling with
her zest for life and poetry. She’s an inspiration!
- Marion McCready’s Poetry in
Progress is a chatty, honest and engaging account of a poet’s life.
And now on to the veterans of my list…
- Mat Riches’ Wear The Fox Hat shows the breadth of his poetry reading, all with self-deprecating humour that fails to hide the fact he actually knows what he’s talking about.
- Julie Mellor’s blog is packed with
original short forms and gorgeous accompanying images.
- Ama Bolton’s barleybooks is
always an inspiration, bubbling away with poetic ideas.
- Charlotte Gann’s blog has developed this
year along with her Understory Conversation.
- Elizabeth Rimmer’s Burned Thumb
blog makes constant connections between poetry and the world around us.
Paul’s blog bears witness to the constant growth and curiosity of this
McCaffery’s The Lyrical Aye is the chronicle of his poetic life back in
Edgoose’ Wood Bee Poet, brings us original poetry along with technically
Ibrahim’s My Natural World is a gorgeous chronicle of the courage that’s
needed to lead a creative life.
Lefroy’s I buy a new washer continues to build on the foundations of the
book that was based on it.
Love’s litrefs, idiosyncratic and
Crucefix’s blog is open to poetry from all over the world.
Boyle’s Sonofabook reflects a
different approach to publishing.
Morley’s Poetry Shed continues with
its trusted formula of original work from guest poets, reviews and news. And
why shouldn't it? The content’s terrific.
Corcoran’s blog tracks her journey through life and poetry.
Foggin’s cobweb. John’s love of life and poetry shines
through at every turn.
Houghton’s blog is great, as is her Poetry Magazines Submissions Spreadsheet (plug,
Aykroyd’s The Stone and the Star is far more international in scope than
many poetry blogs, as befits the person behind it.
Wilson’s blog is quite simply a Lifesaver.
Lee’s blog is an amazing effort from one of poetry’s hardest grafters.
Pugh’s Good God! There’s writing on both sides of that paper! continues to
review and provide opinions with an acute eye.
Merritt’s Polyolbion: poetry, cricket
and birds – a terrific combo!
Gill’s blog has charted the publication of her first full collection this year.
Topping’s blog. Not many people would have kept up an excellent poetry blog
with the health problems that Angela’s suffered this year, but she certainly
did! Fingers crossed she’s now on the mend.
Marshall’s blog. I always keep an eye out for Roy’s poems, just like his
insightful blog posts.
And that’s the end of the 2021 list. Oh, and one annual reminder; as mentioned in previous years, I do know that grim feeling of reading through a list, coming to the end and realising you’re not there, so I can only apologise if I’ve missed you out. As one individual reader, I can’t keep up with everyone, and I’d be very grateful for any additional blogs that readers might like to add in the comments that follow this post…