A selection of poems from the 52 Project, chosen by Jonathan Davidson, with foreword by Jo Bell and Norman Hadley.
Date: 14th July 2015
Jo Bell’s 52 project started with a simple idea: Write a poem a week. Start now. Keep going. In the 52 weeks that followed, this global workshop group became a phenomenon. Hundreds of poets took up the challenge and their poems swept the board of poetry prizes, publications and personal successes. Thousands of poems were written and shared. This selection by poet Jonathan Davidson offers a taster from the poetry banquet of 52. Here is one poem for every week of the year, with poems on subjects ranging from violence to snowfall, from dolphin poetry to quadratic equations.
Members of the group say:
“52 is like the porridge pot that never empties”
“A mixture of serious and light with a touch of bawdy.”
“‘Sex week’ was definitely revelatory, never experienced anything like it. Well, not in a poetry group anyway.”
“Poetry changes lives, both in the reading and the writing. The 52 project brought together well-established poets with rising names, and generated world-class work. We wrote a poem a week – enjoy reading them, one week at a time.” – Jo Bell, founder of 52.
Love, sex, boats and friendship. And yet Jo Bell’s second poetry collection, Kith, is about so much more. Delighting in the belting, beautiful turn-of-phrase, Jo Bell’s poems are lyrical and joyous, but always precise and clear as birdsong.
‘Jo Bell is one of the most exciting poets now writing and no time is wasted in the company of her work.’ - Carol Ann Duffy