2007 in poetry

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  • March 5: a car bomb was exploded on Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. This locale is the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, a winding street filled with bookstores and outdoor book stalls. Named after the famed 10th century classical Arab poet, Al-Mutanabbi, it was an established street for bookselling for hundreds of years and the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community. On March 8, to remember the tragic event, Baghdad poets presented readings on the remains of the street.[1] This was followed by various poetry readings around the United States commemorating the bombing of the historic center of the literary and intellectual community of Baghdad, many of the readings took place in the final weeks of August 2007.[2]
  • April 17: Nikki Giovanni, a professor of English at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US state of Virginia, both spoke and recited poetry at the campus convocation commemorating the Virginia Tech massacre of the day before. Giovanni taught the Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho in a poetry class. She had previously approached the department chair to have Cho taken out of her class.[3] "We are the Hokies! We will prevail! We will prevail! We are Virginia Tech!" Giovanni said, bringing the audience to its feet and into a spontaneous cheer. Giovanni closed the ceremony with a chant poem, intoning, "We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on. We are embracing our mourning. We are Virginia Tech... We do not understand this tragedy... No one deserves a tragedy."[3]
  • August 9: Bangladeshi poet Taslima Nasreen was attacked at a book signing in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh by a crowd of protesters who shouted for her death.[4] The attackers consisted of lawmakers and members of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party who objected to her writings on religion and oppression of women. After the attack, India criminally charged Nasreen with "hurting Muslim feelings", punishable by up to three years in jail.[5]
  • The New Yorker magazine announced that longtime poetry editor Alice Quinn was leaving and, as of November, Paul Muldoon, an Irish native and U.S. citizen, would be taking over what The Chronicle of Higher Education called "one of the most powerful positions in American poetry".[6]
  • Scottish poet Alastair Reid read his poem "Scotland" publicly for the last time at a literary festival in St Andrews, then burned the manuscript.[7]
  • The Eagles set "An Old-Fashioned Song", a poem by John Hollander, to music (four-part harmony with guitar chords, but mostly singing it a cappella), named it "No More Walks in the Wood" after its first line. They released it on the album, "Long Road Out of Eden". The band added no words to the 21-line poem, and there are no choruses.[8]
  • In Russia, the expert board for the Bunin Prize for poetry dissolved itself amid reports of interference and pressure from sponsors. A new expert board was formed and the jury awarded the prize to Andrei Dementyev.[9]
  • Reality television contest Prince of Poets is launched in the United Arab Emirates.

Works published in English

Listed by nation where the work was first published and again by the poet's native land, if different; substantially revised works listed separately:


Australian anthologies

Poets in Best Australian Poetry 2007

The Best Australian Poetry 2007 (ISBN 978-0-7022-3607-5), by series editors Bronwyn Lea and Martin Duwell; with 2007 guest editor John Tranter (University of Queensland Press), published work by these 40 poets:


India, in English


New Zealand

Poets in Best New Zealand Poems

These poets wrote the 25 poems selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2006, published this year:

United Kingdom

Zoë Skoulding at the Spectrum XXI festival in Paris, 2007

United States

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States

Anthologies in the United States

Poets in The Best American Poetry 2007

These poets appeared in The Best American Poetry 2007, with David Lehman, general editor, and Heather McHugh, guest editor (who selected the poetry) (Scribner ISBN 978-0-7432-9973-2):

Other in English

Works published in other languages


  • Chandan chowdhury- Crab of Red river. (Lal kakrar nodi); Balaka prakash, Chittagong, Bangladesh. – Bengali poetry


French language


Seyhmus Dagtekin in 2007, a Turkish poet who writes in Turkish, Kurdish and French
  • Guillaume Apollinaire, Je pense à toi mon Lou ("I Think of You My Lou"), publisher: Textuel; writings published for the first time
  • Seyhmus Dagtekin, Juste un pont sans feu, publisher: Le Castor astral
  • Emily Dickinson, Car l'adieu, c'est la nuit, translated from the original English by Claire Malroux, based on the Johnson edition; Gallimard/NRF
  • Claude Esteban, La Mort à distance ("Death at a Distance"), published posthumously, publisher: Gallimard
  • Louise Gaggini, Les Enfants sont la mémoire des hommes ("Children Are the Memory of Men"), publisher: Multitudes, a poetic tale for the benefit of UNICEF
  • Jean Grosjean, Arpèges et paraboles, ("Arpège and parables"), publisher: Gallimard
  • Abdellatif Laabi, Mon cher double, La Différence, coll. Clepsydre, Paris, Moroccan author writing in French and published in France
Anthologies published in France
  • L'Année poétique 2007 ("The Poetry Year 2007"), publisher: Seghers; 125 contemporary poems; anthology
  • Jean Orizet, editor, Anthologie de la poésie française ("Anthology of French Poetry"), publisher: Larousse, anthology
  • Christian Poslianec, editor, Duos d'amour, ("Love Duets"), publisher: Seghers, anthology of love poems

Canada, in French

  • Jacques Allard, editor, Le Bonheur des poètes, publisher: Écrits des Forges, contemporary poetry anthology[18]




In each section, listed in alphabetical order by first name:


Other in India


Spanish language

Latin America


Other languages

Awards and honors




New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

From the Poetry Society of America

Awards and honors given elsewhere


Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:


  1. ^ Iraq's Cultural Curators Defy Sectarian Unrest
  2. ^ ::Arc Poetry::Portage link::Mutanabbi Street Memorial Reading:: Archived October 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "Killer's manifesto: 'You forced me into a corner'". CNN. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2007. 
  4. ^ Taslima Nasreen, Poet, Attacked in India: Men Attack Her; Other Men Try to Sheild (sic) Her Archived November 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "India to charge writer Nasreen with 'hurting Muslim feelings'". CBC News. August 14, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2007. 
  6. ^ [1] Howard, Jennifer, "New Gatekeeper of Poetry at 'The New Yorker' Will Be Princeton Professor" item on the "News blog" of The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 21, 2007. Retrieved October 6, 2007. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  7. ^ Baker, Kenneth (2016). On the Burning of Books. London: Unicorn. pp. 206–7. ISBN 978-1-910787-11-3. 
  8. ^ Boynton, Cynthia Wolfe, "Venerable Poet's Words To a Pop Music Beat", article, The New York Times, Connecticut and the Region section, February 10, 2008, p 6
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Literature" article, with numerous pages by different authors on literature in various nations and languages, Britannica Book of the Year 2007, published by Encyclopædia Britannica, 2008, online version retrieved January 14, 2009
  10. ^ "Dennis Lee: Publications," Canadian Poetry Online, UToronto.ca, Web, Apr. 19, 2011.
  11. ^ Web page titled "Dilip Chitre", Poetry International website. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  12. ^ Joshi, Manju (December 2007). "Words of wisdom". India: The Tribune. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  13. ^ Web page titled "C. P. Surendran", Poetry International website. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  14. ^ "Publications" Web page at Pat Boran's Web site, accessed May 2
  15. ^ Robinson, Roger and Wattie, Nelson, The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, 1998, "Janet Charman" article
  16. ^ a b O’Reilly, Elizabeth (either author of the "Critical Perspective" section or of the entire contents of the web page, titled "Carol Ann Duffy" at Contemporary Poets website, retrieved May 4, 2009. Archived May 8, 2009.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k van der Liet, Henk, translated by Russell Dees, "Images, Sounds and the Return of the Divine? Some Forays into Danish Poetry 2007" Archived July 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Danish Poetry Magazine, Spring 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  18. ^ Web page titled "Jacques Allard" Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. at L’Académie des lettres du Québec website (in French). Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  19. ^ Web page about Katerina Iliopoulou Archived October 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. at the Greek Poetry Now website. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  20. ^ Web page about Patricia Kolaiti Archived October 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. at the Greek Poetry Now website. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  21. ^ Web page about Giorgos Hantzis Archived October 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. at the Greek Poetry Now website. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  22. ^ Web page titled "K. G. Sankara Pillai" Archived August 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Poetry International website. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
  23. ^ a b Web page titled "Raghavan Atholi" Archived February 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Poetry International website. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  24. ^ Web page titled "Veerankutty", Poetry International website. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  25. ^ Web page titled "Gagan Gill" Archived September 19, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. at the "Poetry International" website. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  26. ^ Web page titled "Mamta Sagar" at the Poetry International website. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  27. ^ Web page title "Mithu Sen", at the Poetry International website. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  28. ^ Web page titled "Rituraj" Archived April 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. at the "Poetry International" website. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  29. ^ Web pages titled "Lipska Ewa" (in English and Polish), at the Instytut Książki ("Books Institute") website , "Bibliography" sections. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  30. ^ Web pages titled "Tadeusz Rozewicz" (in English and Polish), at the Instytut Książki ("Books Institute") website , "Bibliography" sections. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  31. ^ Web page titled "Tomasz Różycki", at Culture.pl website. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  32. ^ Web page ttled Ples vremena by Dejan Stojanović at the Open Library
  33. ^ Web page titled "Literature/Year in Review 2009/Arabic", Encyclopædia Britannica website. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  34. ^ Web page titled "Literature/Year in Review 2009/Persian", Encyclopædia Britannica website. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  35. ^ "Recipients of the Golden wreath Award". Struga Poetry Evenings. Archived from the original on August 27, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  36. ^ CHARLES SIMIC RECEIVES THE WALLACE STEVENS AWARD Archived June 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Press release from Academy of American Poets (August 2, 2007)
  37. ^ a b c d e "Poetry in the News 2007" web page at the Poetry Society website. Retrieved November 30, 2008.
  38. ^ UBUWEB Historical: Emmett Williams, USA | 1925–2007
  39. ^ Shimon Tzabar, 81, dies in London – Haaretz – Israel News
  40. ^ Robert Dickson n'est plus
  41. ^ "globeandmail.com: Arts". Globe and Mail. Toronto, Canada. Retrieved March 24, 2007. 
  42. ^ Topic Galleries – themorningcall.com
  43. ^ "Pulitzer Prize-winning Connecticut poet dies". The Boston Globe. May 31, 2007. Retrieved June 27, 2007. 
  44. ^ Marquard, Bryan (May 31, 2007). "Sarah Hannah, 40; teacher, poet known for incisiveness, fervence". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on June 4, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2007. 
  45. ^ "Remembering Poet and Translator Michael Hamburger – Forward.com"
  46. ^ "Featured Articles From the Los Angeles Times". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 28, 2007. [dead link]
  47. ^ San Jose Mercury News – Mary Ellen Solt, 86, poet
  48. ^ Blast Kills Iraqi Peace Poet Archived September 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  49. ^ Javno – Croatia Archived July 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  50. ^ VietNamNet – Talented female poet dies Archived October 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  51. ^ Poet Philip Booth dies at 81[dead link]
  52. ^ http://www.philly.com/inquirer/obituaries/8368127.html Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  53. ^ "Australian poet, Noel Rowe dies", Poetry International website, ("Sydney poet, Noel Rowe died on July 11 after a long illness"). Retrieved December 21, 2008.
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  55. ^ "Topic Galleries". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 22, 2007. 
  56. ^ "Canadian poet Margaret Avison dies at 89". CBC News. August 10, 2007. Archived from the original on August 19, 2007. Retrieved August 23, 2007. 
  57. ^ Cox, Peter; Geller, Andy (August 16, 2007). "Top N.Y. Poet Kills Self". New York Post. Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved August 16, 2007. 
  58. ^ Veteran poet Khalid Alig passes away -DAWN – Top Stories; August 16, 2007
  59. ^ Italie, Hillel (August 23, 2007). "Acclaimed Writer Grace Paley Dies at 84". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  60. ^ "Never forgotten", page 2, web page at the Western and Cowboy Poetry at the Bar D Ranch" website of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry Inc.. Retrieved December 21, 2008.
  61. ^ "He was a friend of poets..." from poet Pierre Joris's weblog[dead link]
  62. ^ Sail, Lawrence (November 5, 2007). "James Michie". The Guardian. London. Retrieved November 30, 2008. 
  63. ^ Fox, Margalit (November 25, 2007). "Paul Roche, Poet in Bloomsbury Group, Is Dead at 91". The New York Times. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  64. ^ Gray, Sadie (December 18, 2007). "Jaleh Esfahani". The Times. London. Retrieved January 14, 2009. 
  65. ^ Fox, Margalit (December 17, 2007). "Diane Wood Middlebrook, Biographer, Dies at 68". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2008. 

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