Building Poetry Communities on WordPress.com
From cutting-edge ezines to collaborative projects, poets and poetry lovers are finding each other 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.
Similarly, .: Poetry in Chicago is a project that aims to bring together writers from across the city’s eclectic poetry community, with posts on local slams, organizations, and more.
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.
If you’re interested in less conventional poetic forms, you’re also in luck. Over at Cease, Cows, a journal dedicated to flash fiction, the editors regularly carve out space for prose poetry.
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.