A few years ago I created an advent calendar here on WordPress, full of poets I loved. This year I’ve oomphed it up a bit, with even more poets, and a proper click on the door calendar that links it all up:
I’ve called it an advent calendar, but it’s got elements of other Christmassy things, to. At times I felt I was hosting a party, full of poets. At times I felt I was receiving Christmas cards – especially from people a long way away. Then again, it’s a bit of a selection box – there are poets I love who I just couldn’t squeeze in. It’s a bit like my Christmas tree – there’s not much of a theme (apart from the time of year). There’s some old friends, decorations I’ve had for years – and a bit of new stuff to liven things up.
The calendar starts with a bit of last-minute shopping, takes in some wintry walks, some calls from abroad, at least one monstrous hangover, a bit of pagan magic and mysticism, – and it all ends with a very special Christmas tree.
I do hope you’ll join me, and maybe discover some new voices. This winterlude is going to be a bit different to the usual – let’s make the most of it!
Brendan at earthweal has given me the chance to guest host there this week. Earthweal is a growing poetry community focusing on the welfare of our planet. It’s attracted some great poets and some great poetry, and I’m proud to be part of it.