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‘Siberia’ by Tamar Yoseloff for National Poetry Day 2016

On October 6th, it’s National Poetry Day 2016, the annual celebration of poetry across the UK, and we’re getting involved every day this week with a helping hand from our Poetry School tutors.

Our MA tutor Tamar Yoseloff provides our fourth poem on this year’s NPD theme ‘Messages: Say it with a Poem‘ with her wonderful piece ‘Siberia’.


This poem was first published in A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems (Seren Books).

Tamar Yoseloff’s fifth collection, A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, was published by Seren in 2015. She is also the author of Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012) shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with the artist Linda Karshan; and a book with the artist David Harker. She is a London-based freelance tutor in creative writing, teaches on the MA programme at the Poetry School, and runs site-specific writing courses for galleries such as the Hayward, the Royal Academy and the Tate.

National Poetry Day, the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical, takes place on Thursday 6 October 2016. It is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience. They bring together leading poetry, literacy and literary organisations around a shared purpose: promoting the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of poetry.

The Poetry School is a national arts organisation providing inspiring tuition and opportunities for poets and poetry audiences. With established teaching centres throughout England as well as online courses, downloadable activities, and the world’s biggest social network dedicated to poetry – CAMPUS – the Poetry School is unique in its ability to reach and develop aspiring poets wherever they may be, both in the UK and internationally.

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