Manifesto update

Thank you so much to all the poets who sent work in for Manifesto. We’ve made our final decisions now – after reading through  over 500 poems submitted.  Our original call out said no correspondence would be entered into: the unexpectedly high number of submissions reinforces that we can’t email declined poets individually. It’s been a massive job whittling the 500+ down to 101 – but ultimately we’re heartened  at the intense level of political engagement the entries show.

The American poet Mark Leidner tweeted recently that “A vote is a prayer with no poetry”: a tangy, memorable aphorism I’ll have playing over and over in my mind at the ballot box.

There are many things that poetry is a vote for. Fittingly, the collection is due out in mid 2017: in time for the elections.

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