Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Greetings and Thanks

I have had many helpful and interesting e-mails and would like to thank everyone who has been in touch.

Yoshihiko Nakanishi from Japan - who suggested a Japanese poet - thank you very much indeed.

Les Voix Perdues - an A Capella singing group from Belgium, who suggested a Dutch poet - thank you all.  I enjoy listening to your songs on YouTube - thank you.  (Google them!)

Emma from Amsterdam - who has suggested several more Dutch poets.  Emma has been very supportive and encouraging.  Thank you Emma.

Matt Jacobsen from - a fascinating website.  Thank you so much for all your help Matt.

Mike Lyons - who has translated Austrian Poet Ingeborg Bachmann's poems.  I am indebted to Mike for a copy of his book (with Patrick Drysdale) - "Enigma" Selected Poems", published by Ariadne Press, Riverside, California, 2011.   Ingeborg was born in 1926 but her poems reflect the turmoil of the aftermath of the First World War as the world slid towards the Second.

I am particularly indebted to Stephen Cribari, a poet who teaches law at the University of Minnesota in America and the American Notre Dame Law School in London (a fantastic poet by the way). Stephen has been extremely helpful and supportive from the outset and has made many very helpful suggestions.   It was following advice from Stephen that I decided to start a new section entitled "Inspirational Women of World War One" - because there are many such who did not write poetry.

Suzanne Raitt, Professor of English at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, who wrote a biography about English poet and author May Sinclair, who was one of the first poets I researched.

Rianne from Fleetwood Library, Lancashire, UK

Arnold of Arnold Antiques in St. Annes-on-the-Sea, Lancashire, UK

Lisette Matano of Georgetown University Library, Washington, USA

Rich Edwards of The Ella Wheeler Wilcox Society in America.

Thank you all very much indeed - your help is invaluable and much appreciated.

I hope to bring you more news shortly.