Due to other commitments (client editing, my writing, competition judging, Writers’ Forum column etc.,
I’m not currently taking any guest spots but will update this page when I am

Also: online poetry writing group:http://poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com
and linked Facebook Group:

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  biography then links to your website, blog etc. If you have a photo you’d like including (see below) then please email me, if you are just sending text then you can use the form below.
  • I reserve the right to make minor changes, especially if your first language isn’t English. Also the content must be family-friendly (no swearing etc). Thank you.
  • If sending via email… 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 an optional 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. ***** When you have everything ready, then email to me at morgen@morgenbailey.com with all the text in one attached document (and email that says at least a “hello” please) and any pictures you want, all as attachments.
  • NB. I do not pay for any content shared on my blog. If you want to receive payment, then you can find some paying markets on his blog’s  Submissions – Poetry page.
  • 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so don’t send me anything that you want to send to a competition / paying market because they usually only want unpublished.
  • NB. I reserve the right to make minor changes, especially if your first language isn’t English. Also the content must be family-friendly (no swearing etc). Thank you.
  • 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.


You can find details of some poetry (and other genres) competition details in the Competitions Calendar. Do remember that if you have your work published online, then you can’t usually submit to competitions as they like exclusive entries.

The following are interesting articles and websites on poetry:

There are also poetry-related items on this blog’s Links, and Submission info. pages and http://www.rhymedesk.com and http://www.rhymezone.com are great resources.

And my favourite poet / poems? I love humour, so Shel Silverstein, Wendy Cope and Pam Ayres.

It’s Dark in Here by Shel Silverstein
I am writing these poems
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.

17 thoughts on “Poetry

    • morgenbailey says:

      Thanks, Louis. I’ve been meaning to for ages but couldn’t find a suitable slot and there wasn’t a day beginning with P but then I had a bit of a reshuffle and Monday evenings came free so ‘Post-weekend…’ was born. 🙂

      I’ve received your email and will reply. I’m rather snowed under (yours is no.85 of 99) but give me a nudge if you’ve not heard in a week or so.


  1. jane says:

    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


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