It's been quite a year for us here at Poetry24 - what an eventful year to start a news-related poetry blog! We didn't know what to expect when we set up the site 10 months ago - in terms of news or poetry - but from Afghanistan to Zanesville Zoo our contributors have covered pretty well every major news story, and plenty of minor ones too!
Looking back through 2011's posts, we've had a veritable A-Z of the year - from the Arab Spring to the Zuccotti Park Occupy protest. On the way we've met bankers and cheese-rollers, shaken our heads over debt and the economy, the terrible forces of Fukushima, Gaddafi, and Hurricane Irene. We've seen Judgement Day for Kim Jung-Il, libraries and mice, the NHS and opium. We've gawped at pandas and the Queen, massed together for the riots and Strictly, learned more about Tibet, unemployment, veils, whistle-blowing, Xboxes and the Yemen. Regular contributor has created this fantastic short film highlighting many of the poems we've published.
We have received nearly 400 submissions. A third of those we select appear on the site within two days of us receiving them. We've published poems by 106 poets in more than a dozen countries, had something like 35,000 hits on the site and been mentioned in various dispatches. And while it hasn't always been easy to keep up the pace, we're both very proud of the site and delighted by the great poems, the positive comments and - just as importantly - the moral support we've had since embarking.
Thanks to you all for being part of it, and do keep visiting, commenting and sending your poems in 2012.
A very Happy New Year to all!
Clare and Martin