From cutting-edge ezines to collaborative projects, poets and poetry lovers are finding each other on WordPress.com.
Building Poetry Communities on WordPress.com
As we’re entering the final week of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in the US, we want to celebrate all the wonderful poetry-centric community projects here on WordPress.com.
The sites we feature today — like many others we follow and love — make an important point. We may all write on our own, but it’s only when we join a community of other writers and readers that our voices are truly heard.
Keeping it local
Some of the tightest-knit poetry groups are bound by a shared space, where writers know not only each other’s work, but also each other’s face. Over at Poetdelphia, Philly-based poets share poems, announce readings and other events, and celebrate community members’ achievements.
Sharing voices (and their quirks)
Poetry reviews — and ezines, their virtual equivalent — are always a labor of love. Over at The Open Mouse, a Scotland-based poetry journal, poet Colin Will publishes carefully selected work, like this recent diptych by Brian Johnstone.
Moving across the world, Ricochet, another literary ezine with a poetry focus, is the creation of a group of Australian bloggers. While each volume contains its fair share of poetry, the ezine’s blog also features posts about craft, like this recent one about the best soundtrack for writing.
Poets finding their niche
Some poetry sites go for a narrower focus, catering to particular niches within the broader poetry community. Good Morning Bedtime Story, for example, is a Canadian blog with a mission to create a supportive forum for writers dealing with mental health issues. You can visit their archives here.
Or, if you’ve already enjoyed dabbling in haiku, why not branch out into tanka, another Japanese form? At All Things Tanka, you’ll find all the resources you’ll ever need to explore this — and other — Japanese-inspired poetry.
Are you interested in starting a new collaborative project or group blog? Check out these ideas on how to get started. Not sure how to format poetry to display properly on your page? Here are four tips to help you make your verse shine.
WordPress does help us poets build community! I never knew so many like-minded people were out there until I started my blog Failing at Haiku. I have some regular readers that always bring a smile to my face and encourage me to keep sharing my words.
I write. I compose music too, but that sits in my head and in an old Mac because I have not taken the steps to share it properly. Emily Dickinson’s Two Sunsets is a suitable sentiment and the music I have composed for it is top notch, but….
there is youtube.
I’ve definitely enjoyed building relationships through the poetry blog at poeticbloomings.wordpress.com — I don’t know if I’d have kept writing poetry had it not been for the encouragement of the administrators of that blog and its contributors.
So many poems are like short stories now. I was always heavy into poetry and song writing since I was kid. Most of them tend towards the rhyming pattern of one of my favorite poets, Dr Seuss! I was a fan of Frost and many song writers putting their poetry to music. I always believed that poetry has to rhyme to be a poem. Much like our visual arts, this is no longer the case. Have not published virtually any of my poetry, other that very short verse, online yet.
Hi Ben, very much appreciated :)
Thank you so much for this post. Too bad there’s no page for D.C. Poets on WordPress (I’m too busy to start one). However, my MFA alumni association is pretty active. WordPress hosts their page and those of the Stonecoast MFA faculty and the newsletter. I’ll definitely come back to this post and check out the other writing communities. Thanks again.
What a nice nod to Good Morning Bedtime Story! You are awesome.
I do have a question concerning poetry on WordPress. As far as prose poems are concerned, whenever I write a lengthy line the formatting always gets roughed up. Is there something I can do to prevent this?
I think that this idea of creating community for poets or poetry is really good. Nevermind if people are really famous poets or not. Everyone can write and share, others say if it is good or not. But among the people who aren’t famous poets there are many who really write good poems, and they write what they feel and want to tell through their poems. I think that that idea is good.
Hi Ben.I write stories in poetry form something I like to do and hope one day will get just a little recognition. Truly I enjoy my style of poetry. Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.
I love my poetic community. Without all the shared voices…the friends…the commonalities found through poetry I wouldn’t have my blog.
I am a closet poet writing my musings in my note book,touching the most tender parts of what it means to be human. Thanks Ben for highlighting another great wordpress literary opportunity and thanks especially to my fellow poets for sharing their word tapestries with us so generously!
Thanks a lot Ben. I love the idea of sharing your voice in a community and also the idea of sometimes stepping away, and finding it alone, in the sacred silence within. I guess for me, the beauty is in navigating and accepting both. I have really enjoyed this year’s NaPoWriMo’s ‘a poem a day’ challenge, I have met such wonderful and creative souls, who simply LOVE the written-spoken word and write simply because…… Thanks again! Does anyone know of any Toronto area poetry communities on wordpress?
This has been one of the most valuable posts to me that I have read thus far. Thank you for sharing!! Much love.
NaPoWriMo is entering in its final week not only in the US! Greetings from Italy!
I share a poem on my blog every Thursday. The link up is called Prose For Thought and I invite other bloggers to share their original prose, poems and fiction. It seems to do very well and we all comment on each others work.
Having invented the genre of photo-poem – first in Polish (since 2009), and since 2012 also in English (see the list of 23 here: http://adabrowka.wordpress.com/english/)
- I have to admit that I discover occasionally WordPress.com bloggers who actually create and publish photo-poems without using this name.
We deserve to belong together in a visible way. Who can help us? And I don’t mean a working comunity, sort fo confraternity with common writing projects etc. More a club.
Building a community. That’s sincerely an awesome idea. That’s family in the blogosphere. I’m all smiles!
Great post, Ben. Thanks a lot. I’ve made poems too, but not in english actually.
Interesting post! And loved this: “but it’s only when we join a community of other writers and readers that our voices are truly heard.”
Well said, well said…..
This is what my blog is all about. Although none of these communities seem to fit me. Anyone looking for some friends on here who are also interested in poetry feel free to get at me ! :)
If you like it, you can read a preview of my poetry book Maya’s veil on the Lulu.com site. Ciao. Adriana Zanese
It’s a big world in here, just like out there in the real world. And any encouragement is good, feedback some people want it others don’t. I like that people can choose this. I like hunting through and finding new gems.
WordPress has provided a community for me, as a writer, and has been gentle supportive and interactive in ways that have encouraged me and supported me in growing. People take the time to correspond more often and more meaningfully than many other places I have posted. The diversity also offers writers of all bubbles readers at all levels and mentors if they choose. After a lifetime of hiding my working drawers never showing it to anyone, I have now had pieces chosen by my local community and poetry magazine two years in a row.
I hope WordPress, as it grows, will remain as user-friendly, kind, honorable in administration, and supportive as it has been.
My heartiest happy poetry month to WordPress and everyone who writes here.
I just discovered this page today, I love that there is an interactive page for poets where they can share their voices. I am a novice at poetry, I spill my feeling on my blog without holding back.
Oddly, I’ve been missing community lately – with other writers, for certain, as well as with readers. I didn’t think I was writing for others but… if I’m not, then I should take the Emily Dickinson route, and hide my poetry away. Clearly, I am writing to be heard, and spark discussion, publishing somewhere like WordPress. The void of commentary, discussion, etc around what I’m writing either points to my (likely) lack of ability to translate thought into writing, or to the shallow nature of the Web. I’m still counting on the latter, but… meh. It may be time to take up interpretive dance… if only to completely _horrify_ everyone around me.
i’ve been a closet poet for a while now, primarily writing childish ditties and rhymes for my children just to see them smile :). I’ve always been scared to show any of my more serious writing, but have recently found an outlet online which I’m trying to use to it’s fullest. It’s still scary, but thanks to the community spirt and contributors in posts like this I feel like I am being looked after and guided though the do’s and don’ts of the blogging world! Thanks to everyone who contributes and helps newbies like me!
Since I started my bliog the WordPress community of poets have been so supportive of my work. I love getting the feedback and networking other like minded individuals. This is a great place and I look forward to what the future holds with the support I have received… :)
Sometimes poetry saves me!