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British Next Generation poet talks about prose poetry

Monday, Feb 1, 2016,13:39 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Kolkata | The next generation of British Poetry movement believes more in free verse, going beyond traditional forms, said the winner of prestigious Eric Gregory award in 2005 for his first collection of prose poems ‘The Solex Brothers.’ Luke Kennerd, the leading Next Generation poet of UK, is on a visit to the city organised by British Council.

I like prose poetry. I like the form. I like mixing. I actually see a poem as showpiece which needs lots of engagement from the present age generations, Luke, whose ‘The Harbour Beyond the Movie’ made him the youngest poet ever to be nominated for the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection said. About Next Generation Poetry movement, he said 20 poets are selected in UK and Ireland every 10 years from hundreds of poets.

Once the poets are among the 20 front-ranking next generation group, they become more familiar names in the literary circuit of the country attending festivals and getting nominated to awards depending on the nature of their works.

It (the new generation) has become sort of a popularity contest but in Britain, we the new age poets or others, have a really passionate audience who don’t want to hear silent performances, a lot of people to come to hear and see a poet, he said.

But it is a far smaller audience than fiction, he admits. You have to give the audience something. Something which captures the vision. You have to make them engaged.

Sometimes silent then again boisterous. You have to carry them beyond the books. So in poetry festivals we do have music festivals and we turn performers, Luke, whose criticism had appeared in Poetry London and The Times Literary Supplement, explained.