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GotPoetry? Join the GotPoetry Team of Columnists!
Posted by LostInTranslation2 on Saturday, September 27, 2014 (04:52:06)

Opportunity: The GotPoetry staff is looking for creative writers and journalists that think they have what it takes to join the GP Columnists team!

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GotPoetry? What's In Store for GotPoetry?
Posted by LostInTranslation2 on Sunday, December 28, 2014 (16:12:20)


It has been long overdue since an update has been published and for this I apologize. The transition of ownership and production has been anything but smooth over these last few months. However, I am confident that we are finally at a point that 2015 will be smooth sailing!

First thing is first, I have been getting a lot of feedback over the structure (or lack thereof) that has been showcased from myself and the Curators. I will be working with those who have been assigned as Curators over the next few weeks to ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities and the resources available to them in order to maintain the consistency the community needs right now! In the meantime, all updates and community related information will only be posted in the News sections of the site to ensure that all members are aware of the ins and outs, moving forward. The Clubs & Workshops should only be used for discussion and workshop related matters. Of course, we will post various events and informational content in certain sections such as The Coffee Shop, however, this will be for support only.

A few things that we would like to address moving into the new year - First and foremost - I truly want to thank all of you for your continued patience and support throughout these last few months. I know it has been quite frustrating and some of our members are at the end of their rope. While there are several reasons for the delay in production, the main obstacle we have been facing is the condition of the community backend. There are several discrepancies from the technical end of the community that has held us back in transferring the database to a more stable server and correcting the issues to certain sections such as the slams and homepage. We have moved 75% of the community to a safer, faster and more functional server which has taken care of issues such as lagging, IE delays and for many of our members the faulty login screen.

Moving forward, we will be working on the changes to the homepage, the proper implementation of the membership tiers, as well as eliminating the broken links currently present throughout the site. All members that have already enrolled in the new tier membership programs have been given a 6 six month gratis in addition to their paid membership. If you have not received an email confirming this gratis, please send a private message to either myself or the Staff account.

A few things that we would like to focus on in the next few months:

Poetry Submissions - To ensure that all rankings are accurate and poems submitted into the slams are consistent, please be sure to review ALL of the poetry categories before submitting your pieces. Curators and Admins that are approving poems have been moving pieces from the General Poetry category into more suitable categories. While some pieces rightfully belong in the general category, some submissions are better suited elsewhere and could potentially receive more exposure and rankings accordingly. We urge paid members to keep this in mind as your poetry submissions do not require approval before being published.

Ratings We have noticed a decent amount of poems being rated, however there are still members that are maliciously submitting negative or low ratings as retaliation against other members. Please keep in mind that this not only violates the member agreement of the community but will result in your profile being suspended. Constructive criticism is encouraged throughout the community - it is how we all grow and evolve as writers, however, purposely dropping the ranking of a member will not be tolerated. If you do not or cannot accept negative feedback on your published pieces, please do not publish them here. We are all here to help each other as well as gain exposure to our talent. Fee free to post in the workshops if you would like help with your piece before it is eligible for ranking.

News & Article Submissions Over the last month or so, we have been working on cleaning up the existing RSS feeds that trickle into the News Topics. While this process has been slower than anticipated, we encourage members to submit their suggestions to relevant and valuable content that they would like to see added to the community. You will begin to notice some of the current topics "disappear", such content will be moved to the Archive section for your convenience but will no longer be available for new submissions.

Anthologies GotPoetry Anthologies will be published on a quarterly basis for 2015. There may be a few extra anthologies published in honor of contests and Live Slam winners as well. Information regarding these publications will be published in both the GotPoetry News section and The Coffee Shop workshop. All members are welcome and encouraged to nominate poems and poets for any anthology.

Live Poetry Slams Live events have been established in the Long Island, NY area as well as parts of Brooklyn, NY and Jersey City, NJ. If you would like to help set up live events in your area, please contact myself or the Staff account with your ideas and suggestions. Live events are held at local coffee shops, lounges or studios on a weekly basis. For more information, please contact me or browse the information posted in The Coffee Shop and GotPoetry Live news sections.

Again, I thank everyone for being a part of the community and for your patience in the transition. Sincerest apologies for my lack of presence over the last month or so as I work on the backend of things for the new year!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: Christopher Schmitz
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (04:58:43)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 5, July 29, 2014.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for July 2014
Posted by mamta on Sunday, July 20, 2014 (17:51:14)

Spiritual awakening, esoteric traditions and raising of energy and consciousness in the body have been topics that have always fascinated me. The first pick for this month from wordsmithwannabe captures a moment of the energy vortices with beautiful and esoteric language.

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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: Wayne Richard Baker
Posted by fogglethorpe on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 (14:04:16)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 4, July 2, 2014.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for June 2014
Posted by mamta on Saturday, June 21, 2014 (18:09:45)

This month's staff picks is a collection of poems that are captivating not only in theme and language but they are also a combination of raw emotions, versatility, passion and romance.

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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: silent lotus
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, June 03, 2014 (04:26:59)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 3, June 3, 2014.

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News in Poetry Call for Entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest - Summer 2014
Posted by mamta on Sunday, June 01, 2014 (09:29:18)

Razz The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for May 2014
Posted by mamta on Monday, May 19, 2014 (08:39:59)

The month of May brings out so many images in my mind - holidays, special days, mother's day and many more. My pick for this month is one such poem that is rich in imagery, rhythm and metaphors:

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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: Mary Ann Schallert
Posted by mamta on Tuesday, May 06, 2014 (15:50:55)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 2, May 6, 2014.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for April 2014
Posted by mamta on Saturday, April 19, 2014 (10:20:58)

Yes, its the National Poetry Month and we have seen poetry being celebrated and appreciated since its inception in 1996. It's time for another round of staff picks! Check out the poems for this month which our curators think are worthy of your attention. And check out more of their work if you read something you like!

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for March 2014
Posted by mamta on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (10:35:14)

It is going to be officially spring from tomorrow and I begin this month's staff picks with a spring poem. The poem is simple but neat and elegant and it captures the essence of the season beautifully.

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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: Judih Weinstein Haggai
Posted by fogglethorpe on Thursday, February 27, 2014 (16:48:16)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 1, March 2014.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for February 2014
Posted by mamta on Friday, February 21, 2014 (06:35:55)

Another month and I am back with another round of staff picks. I have always found imagist poems fascinating mainly because of the clarity and precision of words and expression. The minimalist style and the visual representation paint a clear picture to the readers. My pick for this month is one such poem by a new poet where the economy of words and vivid images strike a beautiful scene.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for January 2014
Posted by mamta on Sunday, January 19, 2014 (09:08:43)

A beginning of another year and here I am with another round of Staff Picks. This feature was first started in January 2008 and it is in its sixth year now. We have featured poems and poets whom we thought were worthy of your attention. And before I proceed, I would like to thank all the staff and curators who have been a great support in making this feature regular and successful.

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News in Poetry Outcry over poetry contest cheating
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, January 30, 2015 (05:23:46)

A FATHER has cried foul after discovering some winning poems in the Essex Young Poet of the Year competition were ripped off. Lewis Lovejoy’s daughter entered the competition, but was pipped to the post in the 2014 under-14 category. But on the way home from the awards ceremony, Mr Lovejoy’s daughter told her dad she recognised some of the competition’s winning poems. Link!

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News in Poetry Appleton accepting entries for sidewalk poetry program
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, January 24, 2015 (02:15:08)

The city is accepting entries for the sidewalk poetry program. It's open to city of Appleton residents and Appleton Area School District studentsLink!

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News in Poetry 10 homepages that teach something new every time you open a tab
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, January 24, 2015 (02:14:17)

Ideal for anyone who wants to read more poetry but can't find the time, this will bring you an original, previously unpublished poem on weekdays and classic poems on weekends.Link!

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News in Poetry A Guide To Spoken Word Nights In London
Posted by Ozymandias on Saturday, January 24, 2015 (02:12:51)

The days of stuffy, pretentious performance poetry in empty hipster cafés are long gone. The contemporary spoken word scene is dynamic, playful and far from dull. This oft misunderstood medium is an explosive, thought provoking and beautiful (not to mention considerably liberal and left-wing) form of expression, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy it for yourself.Link!

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News in Poetry Burns Night in Newcastle: Our top 10 Burns Night events
Posted by Essex68 on Friday, January 23, 2015 (12:33:49)

UK-It's time to tuck into haggis, down a wee dram and recite some poetry as we celebrate the birthday of famous poet Rabbie Burns Burns Night is now just a few days and if you haven't yet made any plans to mark the birthday of one of Scotland's most famous sons, here's a guide to what's going on to celebrate the occasion in Newcastle. Remember to send us photos of friends and family enjoying the occasion by emailing yourpictures @ with your name and location.


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News in Poetry D. A. Powell's Unruly Elegies
Posted by Ozymandias on Friday, January 23, 2015 (09:28:48)

Powell, who is gay and H.I.V.-positive, published “Tea,” his first collection, in 1998, while the United States was still in the throes of its AIDS epidemic. In his five books of poetry—most recently “Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys,” released in 2012—he has crafted innovative work that blends the mythology of gay culture with the idiosyncrasies of his own voice and experience. Link!

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News in Poetry Poet laureate adds another dimension to the Somers Point arts scene
Posted by Ozymandias on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (08:45:49)

Officials took another step toward proving that the arts have a home here when Maria Provenzano was introduced as the city's first poet laureate at the Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. Provenzano, 26, is a 2010 graduate of Northwest University, were she received a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing.Link!

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News in Poetry Poetry workshop in Palatine Feb. 14
Posted by Essex68 on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (08:42:40)

The Northwest Cultural Council will hold its Second Saturday Poetry Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. Poet Deborah Nodler Rosen will lead the discussion of the event's topic, "Where Do You Find Your Poems?" Rosen is the author of three books: "Sight Seer," a poetry collection, "Where We Find Ourselves: Jewish Women around the World Write about Home;" and "Anwar el Sadat," a biography.


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News in Poetry Woman finds poetry in battle with brain cancer
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (21:49:47)

In verse, Kaufman has picked apart her relationships and described her desires. She has written about cancers as pregnancies. About life passing her by. "My brain is handcuffed to a chair," she noted in How Things Look (2007):Link!

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News in Poetry Let's Write a Sestina
Posted by Ozymandias on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (21:48:26)

The sestina, a verse form dating back to the Middle Ages, consists of 39 lines divided into seven stanzas: six containing six lines each and a concluding triplet. With its intricate rules, the form may seem hugely intimidating at first. In fact, however, the sestina has enjoyed great popularity among modern poets. Link!

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