2006 in poetry

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List of years in poetry (table)
In literature


Grolier Poetry Bookstore
  • January – The Ogura Hyakunin Isshu Cultural Foundation, founded by the Kyoto, Japan, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, opens the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu Hall of Fame, dedicated to the anthology of 100 poems by 100 poets compiled by Fujiwara no Teika in c. 1235. The popularity of the anthology endures, and a Japanese card game, Uta-garuta, uses cards with the poems printed on it.[1]
  • March 29 – The Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is sold.
  • May – The Poetry Out Loud recitation contest is created this year by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation in the United States to increase awareness in the art of performing poetry, with a top prize a $20,000 scholarship. State finalists perform in Washington, D.C. during the second week of the month.
  • July 14
    • Kazakh poet Aron Atabek is arrested after riot police and bulldozers arrive at the shanty town of Shanyrak, Kazakhstan for its demolition. Atabek is sentenced to 18 years in prison for alleged offences relating to the clash this day between protesters and police.[2][3]
    • The Times Literary Supplement reports on the discovery of a missing copy of Shelley's Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things, an 1811 pamphlet containing a 172-line poem which criticizes war, politics and religion; although published anonymously, the poem is thought to have contributed to the rebel poet's expulsion from the University of Oxford (which acquires the unique copy of the pamphlet in 2015).[4]
  • August 15 – The existence of two early poems by Ted Hughes, written into a school exercise book, is announced; one an early version of "Song" which appeared in his first collection.[4]
  • November 1 – A Sylvia Plath sonnet from her college years is discovered and first published by Blackbird, an online literary journal run by the English Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
  • November 10 – A new series, "The Best of Irish Poetry" is launched by Southword Editions in Ireland with the 80-page The Best of Irish Poetry 2007 The project is under the direction of Patrick Cotter, with Colm Breathnach as Irish-language editor and Maurice Riordan as English-language (or Hiberno-English) editor. "Quite often readers abroad are presented with a selection of Irish poets restricted to those who are first published in the USA or the UK," Cotter wrote. "This annual series will present a more general selection generated by more informed pundits."[5]
  • November – The most influential American poets of all time are Walt Whitman, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath, according to Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine. Wiman names the poets in a sidebar article to a December The Atlantic Monthly cover story about the "100 Most Influential Americans" — no poet makes it on that larger list.[6]
  • French public notary Patrick Huet unveils Pieces of Hope to the Echo of the World in Lyon. It is reportedly the longest modern hand-written poem in the world.
  • BLATT, an English-language literary magazine and publishing imprint is started in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Pakistani poet Ahmed Faraz, who writes in Urdu, returns one of his country's highest civilian honors, the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, out of disgust with President Pervez Musharraf's government. The prize had been awarded to the poet in 2004 for his literary achievements. "My conscience will not forgive me if I remained a silent spectator of the sad happenings around us", he said. "The least I can do is to let the dictatorship know where it stands in the eyes of the concerned citizens, whose fundamental rights have been usurped."[7]

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:


See also 2006 in Australian literature


India, in English


New Zealand

Poets in Best New Zealand Poems

Poems from these 25 poets were selected by Andrew Johnston for Best New Zealand Poems 2005, published online this year:

United Kingdom

Poets included in New Writing 14

This book of British writing (Granta, ISBN 978-1-86207-850-5), edited by Lavinia Greenlaw and Helon Habila, contains short stories, essays and excerpts of novels in addition to poems by these poets:

United States

Anthologies in the United States

  • Harold Bloom and Jesse Zuba, editors, American Religious Poems: An Anthology, Library of America
  • Michael Hofmann, editor, Twentieth-Century German Poetry: An Anthology (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Joy Katz and Kevin Prufer, editors, Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems, 76 poems, each selected by a poet who was asked to provide an "unknown or underappreciated poem written by anyone, in any language, from any era", along with a brief essay by the selecting poet about the poem each chose; Illinois University Press
  • Jeb Livingood, series editor; Eric Pankey, editor, Best New Poets 2006: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers, Samovar

Poets included in The Best American Poetry 2006

Poets included in The Best American Poetry 2006, edited by David Lehman, co-edited this year by Billy Collins:

Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States

  • Jason Shinder, editor, “The Poem That Changed America: 'Howl' Fifty Years Later, essays on Allen Ginsberg's poem, Farrar, Straus & Giroux


Works published in other languages

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

Czech Republic

French language



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Christoph Ransmayr (Foto: Johannes Cizek)



Listed in alphabetical order by first name:


Ewa Lipska (left) at the International Book Fair in Warsaw this year


Other languages

Awards and honors




New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

From the Poetry Society of America

From the Poetry Society of Virginia[41] Student Poetry Contest[42]

2006 Student Poetry Contest Winners ::

Other awards and honors


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

date not known Binoy Majumdar born 1934 Bengali
January 4 Irving Layton, 93 born 1912 Canadian
February 21 Gennadiy Aygi, 71 born 1934 Chuvash/ Russian poet
February 25 Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, 69 born 1936 Ethiopian poet laureate, in New York
March 3 Ivor Cutler, 83 born 1923 Scots
March 15 Ken Brewer, 64 born 1941 American
March 27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, 80 born 1925 Scots poet, writer, artist, gardener
April 3 Muhammad al-Maghut, 72 born 1934 Syrian Ismaili poet
April 13 Muriel Spark, 88 born 1918 English novelist and poet
May 1 Kikuo Takano, 78 born 1927 Japanese poet and mathematician
May 9 Jerzy Ficowski, 81 born 1924 Polish poet, writer and translator
May 14 Stanley Kunitz, 100 born 1905 former U.S. Poet Laureate
May 18 Gilbert Sorrentino, 77 born 1929 American novelist and poet
June 9 Enzo Siciliano, 72 born 1934 Italian novelist, playwright, literary critic,
broadcasting official, teacher and poet[44]
June 26 Jim Simmerman, 54 born 1952 American
July 6 Lisa Bellear, 45 born 1961 Australian
July 14 Patricia Goedicke born 1931 American, of pneumonia
July 26 Louise Bennett-Coverley born 1919 Jamaican folk poet known as "Miss Lou"
July 30 Trinidad Sanchez, Jr., 63 American Chicano performer/poet (stroke complications)
July 31 Lisa Bellear, 45 born 1961 Australian[45] indigenous poet, photographer,
activist, dramatist, comedian
and broadcaster
August 11 Mazisi Kunene, 76 born 1930 South African poet and academic
August 18 Shamsur Rahman
(also spelled "Shamsur Ruhman"), 76
born 1921 Bengali poet, columnist and journalist
August 25 Silva Kaputikyan, 87 born 1919 Armenian poet
September 4 Colin Thiele, 85 born 1920 Australian poet
October 4 Omran Salahi Afghanistan poet[8]
November 26 Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos, 83 born 1923 Portuguese painter and surrealist poet
November 27 Győző Határ, 92 Hungarian poet and writer
December 2 kari edwards, 52 born 1954 American poet, artist and gender activist
December 28 John Heath-Stubbs, 88 born 1918 English
date not known Ahmad Hardi born 1922 Kurdish
date not known Aristides Paradissis born 1923 Australian

See also


  1. Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, Arashiyama. Accessed 2009-03-17. Archived 2009-05-16.
  2. http://www.pen-international.org/newsitems/call-to-action-kazakh-poet-aron-atabek-a-prison-within-a-prison/
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/cathal-sheerin/a-prison-within-a-prison_b_3491209.html
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Poetry in the News: 2006". London: The Poetry Society. Retrieved 2015-11-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Poetry International Web – New Irish Anthology Series Launched "New Irish Anthology Series Launched", post dated December 1, 2006 at the Poetry International Web site. Retrieved December 18, 2006.
  6. Wiman, Christian, "An Expert's Opinion: Influential Poets", The Atlantic Monthly, December 2006, released in November, page 75
  7. Pandya, Haresh, "Ahmed Faraz, Outspoken Urdu Poet, Dies at 77", obituary, The New York Times, September 1, 2008. Retrieved December 10, 2008.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 8.20 8.21 8.22 8.23 8.24 8.25 "Literature" article, with numerous pages by different authors on literature in various nations and languages, Britannica Book of the Year 2006, published by Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2007, online version retrieved January 15, 2009
  9. Celebrated Canadian poet Don McKay wins $50,000 Griffin Prize – Arts & Entertainment – CBC News"Celebrated Canadian poet Don McKay wins $50,000 Griffin Prize" Canadian Press article, at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Web site, June 7, 2007 accessed October 8, 2007
  10. Web page titled "Archive: Michael Ondaatje (1943– )" at the Poetry Foundation website, accessed May 7, 2008
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Notes on Life and Works," Selected Poetry of Raymond Souster, Representative Poetry Online, UToronto.ca, Web, May 7, 2011.
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  14. Web page titled "Suniti Namjoshi", Poetry International website. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  15. Web page titled "Robin Ngangom", Poetry International website. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  16. Web page titled "E.V. Ramakrishnan", Poetry International website. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  17. Web page title "Udaya Narayana Singh", at the Poetry International website. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
  18. Cilla McQueen – NZ Literature File – LEARN – The University Of Auckland Library Archived March 6, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  19. 19.0 19.1 James Fenton Website: Books Written by James Fenton Web page titled "Books by Fenton" at the James Fenton Web site. Retrieved October 11, 2007.
  20. Web page titled "Theodore Roethke / Straf for the Fire" at Copper Canyon Press website. Retrieved April 20, 2008. Archived March 14, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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  28. Web page titled "Kanaka Ha. Ma." at the Poetry International website. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
  29. Web page titled "Namdeo Dhasal", Poetry International website. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  30. Web page title "Nirendranath Chakravarti", at the Poetry International website. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  31. Web page titled "Giriraj Kiradoo" at the "Poetry International" website. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
  32. 32.0 32.1 Web page titled "Rymkiewicz Jaroslaw Marek", at the Institute Ksiazki website (in Polish), "Bibliography: Poetry" section. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
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  40. 40.0 40.1 Virginia Law and Library of Congress List of Poets Laureate of Virginia
  41. The Poetry Society of Virginia official website
  42. The Poetry Society of Virginia Student Poetry Contest official website
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  44. "Enzo Siciliano: Writer and progressive cultural force in Italy", obituary, The Guardian, June 28, 2006; identified as a poet at "Poet and Writer Enzo Siciliano dies", "Poetry International Web" website, both retrieved December 21, 2008
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