The guidelines are below but email me if you have any queries…
- your poem (150 lines max) – can be already published, I don’t need exclusivity (especially as I offer no payment!) then up to 500 words on the inspiration behind it then <500-word third-person biography then links to your website, blog etc.
- All text (other than poem if appropriate) with no indentation, and single-spaced please and all together in one document please, not pasted into an email as it often loses the formatting and causes me extra work.
- and a photo of yourself and / or book(s) – as separate attachments within the same email please, not embedded into the document as the quality of the photograph suffers.
- **** If you do embed a picture into the text PLEASE ensure you also attach it as a file. *****
- Please remember that any of your work that I publish on this blog is deemed as published so don’t send me anything that you want to send to a competition (because they usually only want unpublished) as do some paying markets (see Submissions – Poetry for some of those).
- Please allow a minimum of two weeks for a reply before chasing me!
A while back poet Philip A Ellis asked me via Twitter if I’d take poems and I said, “sure, why not” (or something like that) but sadly there wasn’t an eighth day in the week starting with ‘P’ but then on 11th December 2011 Neel left a comment on my Flash Fiction Friday page saying he was looking forward to reading fortnightly poetry. So, I thought if was time to even up the scales a little, and go one better than fortnightly. This page, therefore, is be dedicated to weekly poetry and contains the links from the slots that will make up ‘Post-weekend Poetry’, post-weekend being Mondays.
So, I am now throwing down the gauntlet to you poets out there who would like a platform for your poetry. As with everything else creative on this blog, you retain the copyright and I will not use it anywhere else without your permission. You, on the other hand, can have posted it anywhere and everywhere before or after it goes live here, I’m not precious about exclusivity… in fact I like the thought of more than just my visitors (ave.200+ daily) seeing your writing.
- 001: Dactylic Pentameter by poet Phillip A Ellis – 12th December 2011. Phillip guest blogged for me late November and we chatted back in July (interview no.55). And he’s mentioned this page on his blog.
- 002: The Chill Turned Warm by poet Bonnie Gail Carter – 19th December. Bonnie’s book of poetry, from which this poem is brought, is listed on this blog’s ‘Books – other people’s‘ page.
- 003: For She is Younger by novelist and poet John J Hohn – 2nd January 2012.
- 004: The Lady on the Train by poet and short story author Ruth Holroyd – 9th January.
- 005: Empty by supernatural mystery/horror author and scriptwriter and interviewee Julia Kavan – 16th January.
- 006: The Androyd by science-fiction novelist and poet Vincent Miskell – 30th January.
- 007: Twit Twoo by poet and short story author Ruth Holroyd – 6th February.
- 008: Unlucky poem Funny World by Linda Eve Diamond – 13th February.
- 009: Poet Phillip A Ellis returned with When Time is an Ocean: an Experiment – 20th February.
- 010: Another Mermaid Story by literary author and poet Rose Mary Boehm – 27th February.
- 011: Soldier’s Cry by children’s author and poet Dicy McCullough – 5th March.
- 012: Tragic Needs by poet and article writer Grace Eagle Reed – 12th March.
- 013: Like a Shard of Glass by poet and short story author Ruth Holroyd – 19th March.
- 014: Phillip Ellis returned, reviewing Chris Hamilton-Emery’s ‘101 Ways to Make Poems Sell’ – 26th March.
- 015: Linda Eve Diamond returned with her humorous poem The Cobbod Cold – 2nd April.
- 016: True love by poet Sandy Hartman – 9th April.
- 017: When the Great Strength Fails by poet Louis J Casson – 16th April.
- 018: Waiting Game by poet and scriptwriter Jackie Atkins – 23rd April.
- 019: Two sonnets by historical author and poet Elizabeth Vallone – 30th April.
- 020: The Flame by artist, poet and children’s author Lesley Fletcher – 7th May.
- 021: On Being a Writer by YA, science-fiction, horror author and poet Kenna McKinnon – 14th May.
- 022: Linda Eve Diamond returned with her poem Geometry 101 – 21st May.
- 023: Phillip Ellis returned to review Sage Cohen’s book Writing the Life Poetic – 28th May.
- 024: Poem from Other World by poet, essayist, short story author and novelist Garden Urthark – 4th June.
- 025: From Work Tables They Raise Pine Voices by poet and short story author Salvatore Buttaci – 11th June.
- 026: Earth Bound by poet Sandy Hartman – 18th June.
- 027: Love Lure by poet, short story author, scriptwriter and lyricist Ken Temple – 25th June.
- 028: Droplet by poet, prose and article writer Kimberly Gray – 2nd July.
- 029: About the Dove by multi-genre author Micki Peluso – 9th July.
- 030: Linda Eve Diamond returned with her poem Snowed In – 16th July.
- 031: Lies by Alison Strange-Green – 23rd July.
- 032: With the Olympics in full flow, we had a page of 4-line Olympics-related poems for this slot – the idea started by Keith Blowes contribution, subsequently received from Dr Arjit Bag, Sharon E Cathcart and Barbara Barth– 30th July.
- 033: Testify by V.E. Lee – 6th August.
- 034: Black Dog Three by poet, non-fiction author, novelist and interviewee Maggie Ball – 13th August.
- 035: Hospital Bed by poet, novelist, short story author, and organiser of the International Welsh Poetry Competition Dave Lewis – 20th August.
- 036: Poet Sandy Hartman returned with Pride of ownership – 27th August.
- 037: Linda Eve Diamond returned with her poem The Problem with Interrupting – 3rd September.
- 038: At the Time of Death by Dr Arijit Bag – 10th September.
- 039: First Contact by poet Louis J Casson – 17th September.
- 040: Cheezburger by poet, short story author, scriptwriter and lyricist Ken Temple – 24th September.
- 041: Ice Maiden by fiction author and poet Susan Shevlane – 1st October.
- 042: A Fragile Pirate by Flash Fiction Friday contributor Sheila Pierson – 8th October.
- 043: Keyboard by non-fiction author, autobiographer and interviewee Abbie Lipschutz – 15th October.
- 044: And in His Pockets by non-fiction author and interviewee Marlene Caroselli – 22nd October.
- 045: As NaNoWriMo starts on Thursday 1st November, Linda Eve Diamond returned with her poem The Novel – 29th October.
- 046: Yasmin Selena Butt with her fireworks-related poem Six seconds – 5th November.
- 047: Insincere by novelist, short story author, poet, illustrator and interviewee Sophie E Tallis – 12th November.
- 048: A rainy afternoon in London by literary author, poet and interviewee Rose Mary Boehm – 19th November.
- 049: Seasons by poet, short story author, scriptwriter and lyricist Ken Temple – 26th November.
- 050: Memories of a trip by multi-genre author and interviewee Siggy Buckley – 3rd December.
- 051: Poet Sandy Hartman returned with Wisteria – 10th December.
- 052: The Life of a Writer by children’s / YA author and poet Tracy Kauffman – 17th December.
- 053: Snow Drift by poet and short story author Ruth Holroyd – 24th December.
- 054: On Summer by freelance critic, poet and scholar Phillip A Ellis – 31st December.
- 055: 3rd Generation Education by multi-genre author and interviewee Victoria King-Voreadi – 7th January 2013.
- 056: Cats Passing on the Trail by poet Louis J Casson – 14th January.
- 057: If you will be, I shall die by Dr Arijit Bag – 21st January.
- 058: Diago’s Wrath by poet, short story author, scriptwriter and lyricist Ken Temple – 28th January.
- 059: Earth’s Grace by romance, paranormal, Gothic and comedy author, and poet Linda Hays Gibbs – 4th February.
- 060: Daemon or Bird by Charles Francis – 11th February.
- 061: Poet Phillip Ellis returned with Recollected in Tranquility – 18th February.
- As I was getting a backlog of poems, I ran them as Pre-weekend and Post-weekend Poetry for a while…
- 062: The Wonder of Snow by poet and short story author Ruth Holroyd – Friday 25th February.
- 063: Novelist, short story author, poet, illustrator and interviewee Sophie E Tallis returned with The Silver Chalice – Monday 25th February.
- 064: The Crack in the Wall by poet, lyricist, novelist and interviewee Nigel Paul – Friday 1st March.
- 065: The Last Stand by memoirist and poet Jill Schaefer – Monday 4th March.
- 066: Swing Away, My Innocence by poet and short story author William Bortz – Friday 8th March.
- 067: Fifteen by multi-genre author Nigel Hey – Monday 11th March.
- 068: Recipes for our Children’s Brains at College by romance, paranormal, Gothic and comedy author, and poet Linda Hays Gibbs – Monday 18th March.
- 069: Heart Bounce by Mary Robertson – Monday 25th March.
- 070: Freelance critic, poet and scholar Phillip A Ellis returned with An April’s Fool Day Rhyme – Monday 1st April.
- 071: Blue Eyes by poet Mark Hertzberger – Monday 8th April.
- 072: Poet Sandy Hartman returned with Drought – Monday 15th April.
- 073: Novelist, short story author, poet, illustrator and interviewee Sophie E Tallis returned with Breath – Monday 22nd April.
- 074: Syria’s Massacre by romance, paranormal, Gothic and comedy author, and poet Linda Hays Gibbs – Friday 29th April.
- 075: Today’s Slippers Become Tomorrow’s Army Boots by Ute Carson – Monday 6th May.
- 076: Memoirist Jill Schaefer returned with another poem, Game, Set and Match – Monday 13th May.
- 077: Charles Francis returned with Looned – Monday 20th May.
- 078: Louis J Casson returned with Lost Rooms: lost worlds part #1 – Monday 27th May.
- 079: Product of Boredom? by poet and author Marc D Brown – Monday 3rd June.
- 080: Sandy Hartman returned with Epiphany – Monday 10th June.
- 081: Linda Hays Gibbs returned with Splinters in My Head – Monday 17th June.
- 082: Sandy Hartman returned with Fantastic Nano Voyage – Monday 24th June.
- 083: Pine River by poet Bill Schwalm – Monday 1st July.
- 084: A Sleepless Summer by writer of poetry, prose and micro fiction Jade Kennedy – Monday 8th July.
- 085: Louis J Casson returned with Lingering Through My Latter Days: lost worlds part #2 – Monday 15th July.
- 086: Fooled Again by poet Robert Warwick Green – Monday 29th July.
- 087: The Call To Greatness by children’s / self-help author, guest blogger and spotlightee Stefan Bolz – Monday 5th August.
- 088: Sitting on a Fence by Stam Fasoulakis – Monday 12th August.
- 089: It was my birthday today so I posted a poem called Writing a pantoum that I’d threatened to share for a while :) – Monday 19th August.
- 090: Robert Warwick Green returned with U Turn – Monday 2nd September.
- 091: I posted some of my Fibonacci poetry – Monday 9th September.
- EXTRA: Poetry writing tips by US Poet Laureate and interviewee Alice Shapiro – Monday 16th September.
- EXTRA: How To Find Your Voice by poet Kerry Hammerton – Monday 23rd September.
- 092: Sandy Hartman returned with Fantasia for Bedtime – Monday 30th September.
- EXTRA: Phillip Ellis reviewed Chris Hamilton-Emery’s ‘101 Ways to Make Poems Sell – Monday 7th October.
- 093: Phillip Ellis returned with his poem After Marius the Epicurean – Monday 14th October.
- 094: Phillip Ellis returned with Kenneth Rexroth Has a Posse – Monday 21st October.
- 095: Linda Eve Diamond returned with The Wrong Writing Circle – Monday 28th October.
- 096: Dave Lewis returned with Langors – Monday 4th November.
- 097: Reunion by Ina Schroders-Zeeders – Monday 18th November.
- 098: A Dark Caribbean Rum by Jim Scott – Monday 25th November.
- 099: Beginnings by Neil Ellman – Monday 2nd December.
- 100: Frustration by multi-genre writer Marion Grace Woolley – Monday 9th December.
- 101: Jade Kennedy returned with Sanctuary – Monday 16th December.
- 102: Give (a Christmas poem) by Dan Holloway – Monday 23rd December.
- 103: Jim Scott returned with The Ending – Monday 30th December.
- 104: Arturo Alverez by short story author and poet Michael Friedman – Monday 6th January 2014.
- 105:Poet and short story author Salvatore Buttaci returned with Unlucky in Love – Monday 13th January.
- 106: Lucky by poet and short story author Mark Morris – Monday 20th January.
- 107: Hello, Iris by children’s book author and poet Maria Jordan – Monday 27th January.
- 108: For M and M on their Wedding Day by novelist, short story author and poet Sheila Turner Johnston – Monday 3rd February.
- 109: Children’s book author and poet Maria Jordan returned with two poems: Valentine’s Day and Love is a Gift – Monday 10th February.
- 110: Poet and short story author Salvatore Buttaci returned with A Word Acrostic About Love – Monday 17th February.
- 111: Poet and short story author Mark Morris returned with First Moments – Monday 24th February.
- 112: Sandy Hartman returned with World Song – Monday 3rd March.
- 113: Phillip Ellis returned with Before the Sacrifice – Monday 10th March.
- EXTRA: Phillip Ellis blogged about The Varieties of Rhyming Experience – Monday 17th March.
- 114: Poet and short story author Salvatore Buttaci returned with We Try In Our Meagre Way – Monday 24th March.
- EXTRA: I reviewed A Certain Kind of Freedom: Stories and Poems from The Writer’s Drawer – review (Monday 31st March).
- 115: Poet and short story author Salvatore Buttaci returned The Vase’s Last Rose – Monday 14th April.
- 116: Jade Kennedy returned with The Lies I Told My Mother – Monday 28th April.
- 117: The War, Baby by Chris Farley – Monday 2nd June.
- 118: Poet and short story author Salvatore Buttaci returns If The Enemies Of Love – Monday 9th June.
- 119: The Cuckoo Clock by Alan Wells – Monday 16th June.
- 120: Poet’s Model by Michael McGrinder – Monday 30th June.
- How to Write Short Poems (article) by Louis from Poetry Lobby – Monday 7th July.
- 121: In need of Witness Protection from a Sparrowhawk by Marie H Curran – Monday 14th July.
- 122: Hardly Feeling by poet, short story author and essayist Tovli Simiryan – Monday 21st July.
- 123: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 28th July.
- 124: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 4th August.
- 125: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 11th August.
- 126: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 18th August.
- 127: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 25th August.
- 128: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 1st September.
- 129: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 8th September.
- 130: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 15th September.
- 131: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 22nd September.
- 132: you could have your poem listed here – Monday 29th September.
- .…and so on
If you write poetry, the Northampton Literature Group’s Poetry Circle runs a yearly competition, deadline mid-May (although it took a break in 2013 so not sure if it’ll be back in 2014). More poetry (and other genres) competition details in the Competitions Calendar.
The following are interesting articles and websites on poetry:
- 10 essential poets every student should encounter in school
- Slam Poets Geared Up To Do Battle
- www.poempigeon.com which “is free and all about spreading poetry”.
- NaPoWriMo.net re. National Poetry Month
- ABC Reads re. National Poetry Month
- Phillip Ellis’ review of Southerly 71:3: A Nest of Bunyips (what a great title!)
- Jane said, “Hi you might like this free poetry site by an Australian poet in regard to creative writing. The works here are imaginative and inspired with imagery and mellifluous rhythms which truly enchant. http://www.scribd.com/doc/35520015/List-of-Erotic-Poetry-Books-by-Gamahucher-Press“. Thank you, Jane.
- Stronger Without The Pressure
- http://soundcloud.com/the-footing is an anthology of specially-commission poems that you can listen to online. :)
- You can read some of Nick Orsini’s poetry at http://www.adorkablelife.com.
- Other poetry-related websites include Eyewear, Half-Moon Poetry, Ink Sweat & Tears and Peony Moon. Interviewee poet Kellie Elmore recommends www.allpoetry.com. If you write poetry you could be listed here, just email me.
And my favourite poet / poems? I love humour, so Shel Silverstein, Wendy Cope and Pam Ayres.
From inside a lion,
And it’s rather dark in here.
So please excuse the handwriting
Which may not be too clear.
But this afternoon by the lion’s cage
I’m afraid I got too near.
And I’m writing these lines
From inside a lion,
And it’s rather dark in here.
Snowball by Shel Silverstein
I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I’d keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first– – it wet the bed.