Two Poems – Complex Poetic Form and Triple Boketto Poem

Thoughts of Unknowing (Complex Poetic Form)

Thoughts of unknowing and you dance me

until I become the only movement… This tango undresses

my feelings, and I am stripped of all bad thinking

to be enlightened. I am a Cartesian clear and distinct object

on this pyramidal peak of the mountain, where

the echoes trail off almost forever over the horizon.

Let’s sing, either with power, or with angels, or with freedom,

naught else, nor no more songs, but a swing song,

a prothalamium, which





expresses nothing less than the clarity of our true feelings

and nothing more than the rightness of our straight angles of view.

There is the fullness of our love, where

God is knowable, whether willful or involuntary.

We can neither see still,

solace still one another

in our sufferings,

unless we are sadly stuck in His

unending love cycle. There is, in fact,

a cognitive itch

and a divination using the human form

while being alive,

when life is not alive in its own sense

except for the eternity.

We can be good people

through this consciousness of ours,

which is relentless and reflexive,

especially when it becomes an object in itself.

I am not myself,

I am only this reaction of mine

in front of others

like a doppelgänger in the mirror.

The more I feel the time passing

the more I understand the eternity.

Yet turn, turn to live each second of no return.

There is no yellow horse in our dreams,

neither is this golden ripe wheat field

our land of freedom.

The sun still shines on every still green sunflower

Following it from east to west each day.

I’m spellbound by

the swinging sonorous cadence

of the birds chirping on the pyramids

and on the peaks of the mountains.

Lost in Blue (Triple Boketto Poem)

Victims have no place to stay;

Refugees are turned away,

When the night goes down today,

Nobody asks why.

Life is going by.

Kids need food to stay alive

And make effort to survive

Lost in blue.

How hard is it to live there?

All their new diseases are rare.

In this world wave of prayer,

Where the snakes can lie,

Life is going by.

The sands fall through the hourglass.

The hope withers like the grass

Lost in blue.

Behind the new concealed walls,

Near the sky and the wet falls,

The life dances the death’s calls

To upturn the eye.

Life is going by.

The chaos can’t rise above,

When the people search for love,

Lost in blue.

Source by Marieta Maglas

Getting Your Words Out – Winning Free Poetry Contests

There are two types of poets in the world. The first are those that will take the time to develop their poems, submit them to different areas, and work on every word. Then, there are poets who will write a poem, stick it in their dresser, only to find it five years later and reminisce about the reason behind writing the poem.

In one way or another, everyone is like both poets. However, it is up to you to decide, which poet are you going to be?

If you are going to be the kind that believes in your poetry and knows that there is a place out there for your words to be heard, you have to begin to find the proper places for your poetry. One of the easiest places to go in order to let others read your enlightened words is through poetry protests. There are a variety of free poetry contests you can join in order to let others see what you have to say.

Many poets will cringe at the idea of ​​entering a free poetry contest in order to let others read their poetry. However, most poets who become successful know that this is one of the places to start at. It leads to more commitment to your work, better submissions, and a continuous pattern of producing and publishing your poetry.

If you do not know where to start with free poetry contests, it is as simple as sitting down for thirty minutes one day and searching for free poetry contests. You can find them in magazines, Internet portals, and even through other poets.

One thing that you might want to keep in mind with the free poetry contest is where you decide to submit them. Often times, poets will concentrate on the popular and well known poetry contestes. A favorite of every poet is entering a poetry contest for free that offers cash in return. Beyond this; however, you want to find something that is going to reflect your poem properly. Even though it is a contest, it still is your name on the top.

One way to approach poetry contest is to find ones that are a particular genre, style or even are limited to age groups. Most who run contests know that poets are everywhere, and are always competitive to get published. Because this is a factor, they have limited contests to age groups, styles and even poem genres. For instance, if you have a piece that is inspiration based, do not waste your time sending it to a nature magazine. Find a free Christian poetry contest instead.

If you are a poet that likes the push of the envelope, you can go even further. Why not join contests that you know you can win? It is important to find contests that are off the beat path and that are not as popular. You will have a better chance of building your acceptance portfolio for contests.

It is up to you to get the poems out of your dresser and to get your word hear. Beginning with free poetry contests is an easy way to succeed. If you ever feel hesitation, just stop and ask yourself; what kind of poet am I?

Source by Bob Burnham

Poetry and the Muses Part 1

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We live in a post-modernist world and its values are everywhere around us; and everywhere these values are almost largely unexamined, and because we have little to contrast our present state with we fail to see how lamentable and poor we are. There is a deep materialism running through society which deprives people of the hope, the creativity and the deep mystery of life. Indeed, on this latter point, we see this being hammered home all the time on the news; for when it is not going on about the latest wars, plagues and famines, is always emphasising how the frontiers of science are expanding, and how soon – someday, one day – all our problems, especially diseases and even mortality, will be solved as the next medical advance is posited as something we all might confidently place our faith in. If ‘making progress’ actually made progress, then there might be some grounds for optimism; but as, after nearly two centuries of science and technology, we seem to be on the verge of world destruction, this seems fanciful at best.

Of course, this phenomenon of materialism/progress is ubiquitous, but also encompasses that tiny domain which we call poetry. I say ‘tiny’ because that is what materialism, and associated atheism, has reduced the mighty empire of the poets to. Compared with, say, science or technology, or even medicine, poetry has become largely irrelevant to most people’s lives. The best it can possible muster is either verse on a Valentine’s card or insincere worship at the shrine of William Shakespeare, one indisputably great poet. Naturally, we have to worship Shakespeare in England because he generates so much revenue for the UK economy – but, hush, no, don’t say it like that!

There is an important sense, then, that we have to return to basics and once more see the object for what it truly is. “The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation”, said Goethe, which is a serious matter; and we need to address it because as he also said, “Reality is that which is effective”. Whatever else, we need to be effective, which is to be real.

What, then, is the starting point? The starting point is the Muse, the source of all sublime inspiration, and a living reality, as well as a potent metaphor and symbol of divinity. We need to understand from the myths of the past where the Muse comes from and how she operates. The Greek myths give various accounts of this, so I am not wedded to one literal interpretation of this phenomenon, but here is my best shot so far at it.

In the beginning the sky god Zeus, the thunderbolt, the male principle of living and active energy, the yang, and the one who shapes the future, for by the will of Zeus all things are allowed – or not – and who defeated the Titans and the forces of chaos, this great god in some present moment coupled with Mnemosyne, the undefeated Titaness, the female principle, the yin, and goddess memory, who in her vast and capacious mind conserves all things, for in her womb nothing is lost, for the past is remembered, which is re-membered. This coupling (effectively of the male principle of strength and the female principle of beauty) gives birth to the nine Muses, who are the key to the good life: prosperity, friendship and beauty. Notice of course that they are female, and thus incarnations of beauty and so desirability, and this seduces us or we surrender to them. And we see, regarding the good life, this even etymologically in our language when we refer to various aspects of the ‘good life’: we love muse-ums, which are shrines to the Muse; we love friends who a-muse us, because laughter makes us glad; and we love mus-ic, because it speaks to our souls.

Each of the nine Muses has a special function, but the queen of them is Kalliope, she of the epic poem and ‘lovely voice’; she it is who inspires such undertakings. And there is my favourite, Erato, meaning ‘loveliness, who inspires lyric poetry; and let’s not forget Polyhymnia – she of many songs, especially of a spiritual nature. The other six are well worth exploring too.

But it should be clear from this that the Muse operates in some special place positioned exactly midway between the future that is to be and the past that was; we call this place the present. And it is why true creativity, true poetry, is always written in a semi-tranced out state, for one is abnormally in the present moment. What this means is that – as with deep meditators and hypnogogic states – time either stops or is slowed down and we enter another reality. Hence, too, why prophets and poets are often seen as synonymous: because time has slowed to a crawl it is possible to anticipate the future and redefine the past. It is not that poets are seeking to be prophets or historians (incidentally, Kleio is the Muse of history or ‘Renown”) but that it is entirely possible and even probable for the future or the past to leak into their work.

This state we enter is so powerful, so desirable, so creative that we all long to be able to switch it on at will, but in this world that is not possible. Because it is not possible, we have a history of poets (and other artists) who try to short-circuit the process and get there illegitimately through substance abuse. The most famous collective example in English literature were probably a handful of the Romantics; but this view that, basically debauching the mind, is necessary for creativity is unfortunately still with us in the lives of so many Twentieth century poets: for example, Dylan Thomas, who the New York coroner recorded as dying of ‘a severe insult to the brain’ (alcohol). The point is that it is not by and through the will that creativity – poetry – comes to be written, which is as much as to say that it is not through the ego. Socrates put it this way: “I soon realised that poets do not compose their poems with real knowledge, but by inborn talent and inspiration, like seers and prophets who also say many things without any understanding of what they say”. And his last point here, too, is important: creativity involves not knowing necessarily what one is going to say. We have intentions to write – and that is good – and we have skills, knowledge and experience – and that is good too, but how will the Muse, if we allow her, inform the work? Poets often record their astonishment at what the final draft of the poem turned out to be; there is in true creativity a certain unpredictability (if ‘certain unpredictability’ isn’t an oxymoron!). As Natalie Rogers says, “Creativity is not a tool. It is a mystery that you enter; an unfolding; an opening process”.

But the myth does not end here. Yes, the Muses are the embodiments and sponsors of metrical speech and verse; and also Kalliope, their queen, is the mother of Orpheus, the greatest poet. And the father? Various legends here, but my preferred one is that the god Apollo fathered Orpheus. Indeed, it needs to be said that Apollo, the son of Zeus, increasingly became the surrogate god who often replaced him. So that many claim that it was he who fathered the Muses, and so would be father and grandfather both to Orpheus; but this is a small technicality and even if true does not affect the power of the lineage, since gods do not experience the genetic weakness of humans. What’s important to understand is that Apollo was the god of the sun, of light, of prophecy -and so of truth (as in his Oracle at Pythia or Delphi) – and of beauty. All the statues of Apollo show him young and perfectly proportioned. He also fathered Aesculapius whose powers of healing were so effective that even the dead could be resurrected by him; and so, after Hades complained, was struck dead by a thunderbolt from Zeus to prevent the undoing of the triple structure of the cosmos (the bargain the three brothers, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades had struck when they defeated their father, Kronos).

But here’s the thing: Orpheus the poet demonstrated what poetry can do. His poetry, his music, made even the rocks – who obviously have stony hearts! – weep. Two incidents especially spring to mind. First, his visit to hell and Hades in order to reclaim his love, Eurydice. This ended in failure in that he did not manage to obtain her; but poetry and music charmed all of hell, and even the damned were relieved from their suffering as he sang his poem. It is said that Hades himself shed, for the first and only time, tears as he listened to Orpheus sing: tears that seemed like liquid tar. And then, of course, he was one of the Argonauts who sailed with Jason. There, where even the strength of the greatest hero of Greek mythology, Herakles, could not prevail – against the Sirens’ song, which no force in the universe could break – there he sang in direct combat against them and drowned out their false addictive charm. What we have here is the beauty of poetry that can heal and save, even from the worst and most intense addictions; for that is what the Sirens’ song represents – that dreadful, yet beguiling sound, that so draws us on to our own destruction, though we know it is false, yet still we crave it. This, then, is the healing power of beauty, of poetry, when poetry is beautiful, as once it was, and as it will be, for it cannot long be other than it is.

Thus we come to the present moment and its learning for us.

Source by James Sale

Poetry – A Form of Creative Writing

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Poetry is an outward expression of one's inner thoughts, feelings, emotions and is therefore a form of creative writing. Authors can articulate his feelings through an imaginative form of expression without having to explain his reasoning. Why does poetry speak to us? It is a unique style of rhythmic sounds and words that is creatively written, which speaks to us on a personal level, because of the way we personally perceive it. Each reader may interpret the poetry completely different than the author intended. Poetic words are carefully planned to convey a certain perspective in the poet's mind. Readers may interpret the meaning differently as the poem is understood by the person processing the creative prose.

Some poems may be harder to understand as in Shakespearean Sonnets or in John Keats' romantic poems. The fact is that poetry is a form of song and was named sonnet for the use of the term. Poetry can help calm a mind, bring enjoyment to the soul or relax the senses. The poet sees a way to express his innermost thoughts when he writes and therefore touch the reader on a personal level. Writing poetry can restores passion and joy in life. It brings excitement and motivation and therefore relieves stress.

For me, Poetry comes from an interesting thought and is expressed outwardly as a way of reflection. It is written to tell the world how valuable the insightful introspection was. Writing Poetry is pleasing to the mind and therefore is valuable to the author.

Here is a poem that I wrote about writing.

The Life of A Writer

The Life of a writer is different than you expect,
Writing stories for joy is much easier than all the rest,
Writing for emotions, love, and heart-felt effects,
Busy writing, promoting, no sleep or rest.
We love to use words that move one another,
Words, then phrases, then sentences connected,
A story can take you to lands like no other,
Our desires, hopes, heart is affected.
Fantasy brings to life dragons, magic, and time,
A way to escape troubles, grief, and sorrow,
A story, a novel, and poems that rhyme,
Fiction stories, real life events that we borrow.
The life of a writer is hard at times, but also easy,
For we dedicate our time, energy and imagination,
Writing when we are tired and sometimes queasy,
A different galaxy to us, an internal vacation.

Source by Tracy Kay Kauffman

The Power Of Poetry In Your Next Speech

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If you want to add some class to your next speech, if you are looking for a way to make your audience come to tears or break out in laughter, then sometimes what you need to do is to incorporate some poetry into your speech. I'm not talking the "Roses are red, Violets are blue …" variety, but rather poems that really mean something and which can lend their weight to your speech.

Just What Is This Thing Called Poetry?

Just in case you've been out of school for just a bit too long, maybe we should take a step back and make sure that we're all on the same page when it comes to this poetry thing. The good folks over at Wikipedia seem to have a pretty good handle on it when they define poetry as being a:

"Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm …"

We all know about the importance of public speaking and poetry is yet another way to get our points across. Because of the way that the words are put together in a poem, they can easily flow off of your tongue and into your audience's mind. When your audience hears a line of poetry, they process it differently from everything else that you've been saying. It can almost immediately cause a reaction to occur in your audience.

The poems that we have all heard were written by famous, what else, poets. What this means is that when you add their poetry to your speech you'll also be adding a new level of importance to what you are saying.

What's The Best Way To Use A Poem In Your Next Speech?

The power of poetry is something that you can add to your next speech in order to make sure that your speech makes an impression on your audience. Celia Berrell writes a lot of poetry and she points out that you can not add an inspiration poem to your speech, instead you'll have to add just pieces and parts.

When you reach the point in your speech that you'll start to recite the part of the poem that you've selected, you'll find that you now have a license to do more. You can use more gestures and you can use more vocal variety to convey your message. You audience's listening skills will be peaked because hearing poetry is not something that they do every day. It's poetry so people expect you to act like a poet while you are reciting the poem.

The power of a poem comes from the specific words that make it up as well as the sequence in which they flow. In terms of presentation tips, you've just got some memorization to do here. On top of that you'll need to take the time to practice, practice, practice. Reading poetry is probably not something that you do every day and so you are going to have to invest the time and energy that it's going to take so that when you recite the poem, it sounds natural.

Finally, Celia makes a good point when she points out that just like you, your audience probably doesnt encounter poetry every day. Therefore you can not just hit them over the head with a poem right off the bat in your speech. Instead, you need to take the time to introduce both the poem and the poet. Give some backstory on when and why the poem was written. Tell them what the meaning of the poem is before you share the actual poem with them. By doing this you'll prepare them to be wowed by the words of the poem.

What Does All Of This Mean For You

Even the most unread among us has heard some poetry at some point in our lives. The people who write the classic poems really know how to use words to create lyrical phrases that stimulate the memory and generate deep feelings.

Your next speech can tap into the power of poetry if you'll just take the time to work some poetry into it. Take the time to prepare your audience for the poem that you'll be sharing with them and then keep it short and to the point. Taking the time to carefully practice your delivery will allow you to ensure that the poem makes a lasting impression.

The goal of every speech is to make a lasting impression on your audience. The poet Mary Elizabeth Coleridge knew how hard it was to tap into an audience's memory when she wrote:

Strange Power, I know not what thou art,
Murderer or mistress of my heart.
I know I'd rather meet the blow
Of my most unrelenting foe
Than live-as now I live-to be
Slain twenty times a day by the.

Take the time to work some poetry into your next speech and you'll have found a way to make a lasting impression on your audience.

Source by Dr.

Poetry – An Exercise in Emotion and Vulnerability

"[Henry David] Thoreau is a keen and accurate observer of nature – a true observer – which, I suspect, is almost as rare a character as even an original poet; and Nature, in return for his love, seems to adopt him as her especial child, and shows him secrets which few others are allowed to witness. " – Nathaniel Hawthorne (Journal entry, September 1, 1842)

Most of the greatest poets were not recognized for their work until they had long been laid to rest. Many suffer great difficulties in their personal lives, which may have led the poet to the wellspring from which they drew their words.

It has been suggested that poetry was used in our long distant past as a creative means of passing along traditions and history simply because the poetic language was easy to memorize and enjoyable to recite. The bards in medieval times were renamed for their use of poetry.

From free verse to rhyme and meter, poetry remains a benchmark in the world of literature. The pursuit of poetic markets remains a positive way to further an ancient form of storytelling that requires a special gift while the poet's emotions are seriously exposed.

Poetry is the one element of writing that impacts the emotions of writers more than any other. The vulnerable feel of poetry allows a writer to explore circumstances and emotions in a way that is difficult to do in most writing genres.

Most poets craft their words as a stress release and rarely share them with the world at large, however, there may be markets available for poetry.

It is true that publishers of poetry are about as plentiful as wheat fields in the Arctic, but there are other avenues for your poetry that can allow you to publish your material in unique and memorable ways.

Greeting card publishers are always interested in new succinct poems to share with card buyers. Poems can also be artfully placed on a line of gift merchandise including mugs and art suitable for framing.

In our modern era you would be hard-pressed to find someone who is able to make a living writing poetry. However poetry can provide a source of writing income and is often a creative outlet for those who also write in other genres.

It is true there are those who have little appreciation for poetry, yet the poet's work has spoken about significant societal debate and ultimate change in our world. Perhaps this is because the reader is invited to share the writer's perspective in an emotional way that allows a perspective to be heard with something other than letters.

Source by Scott Lindsay

Grief – Comfort Through Poetry

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A loss of a loved one is always hard to deal with. You spend months, years, even decades talking, relaxing, and laughing together. When the "day" comes, tears flow. It's hard, really hard. But life goes on. No matter how hard you try, life goes on. We can not stop it, we can not pause it or slow it down. It keeps on going.

Even though poetry does not bring miracles, it does help. Whether it be by writing or reading, the thoughts of your loved one will be there and remembrance is part of the battle.

Writing grief poetry is a great way to express your feelings. It works simply to keeping a diary, but with poetry you can express yourself in far superior ways – more literary styles are at your disposal without sounding out of place, such as alliteration and rhymes.

Of course, the poem does not have to be about your grief, it can be a remembrance poem. The poem may even be about one of the many great times you had together, about the people eyes, their heart, or your love. The point of writing these poems is simply to express yourself. To write memories or even your overall feelings of what happened.

The great aspect of remembrance poems, however, is that you can look back on the poem whenever you feel you are about to 'forget' the person you love and to let you feel at least a small bit of comfort.

If writing poetry is not for you, there are many great sympathy poems which will work just as well during your grieving phase. Reading how others deal with the same event can do wonders when wondering how to go on with life.

Poetry is a great way to deal with emotions. Whether you are writing or simply reading, poetry is there for all your feelings, even grief and when seeking a small bit of comfort.

Source by Gary R. Hess

Power of Branding and Freedom of Poetry

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Maya Angelou once said (I’m paraphrasing) ”the purpose of all life is to be able to live like a poet one day.” She went on to say that since poets already live like poets, their lives were not a postponed project, but the-ultimate-goal-realized by default.

How many times we have heard of those retirement dreams… the narratives that inevitably start with ”one day I’d like to …” and continues with a description of one idyllic state or another… a beach house in Key West… playing golf eight hours a day in Arizona… buying a summer house in Florida and moving for good… writing (ah, at long last) that great novel, the chapters of which are lying somewhere inside those moldy cardboard boxes in the basement… to take the oath of chastity and join a monastery or a yoga ashram… take that trip to the Far East… or perhaps even to throw oneself with passion into a cause that is much larger than one’s own limited life, like a political party, a crusade, a fund-raising juggernaut perhaps … on and on.

But underneath it all the aim is to arrive at that sublime state of inner peace and gentleness, something ill-defined but real, fuzzy but warm, a feeling that we feel is our birthright. Underneath it all don’t we all point the gyroscopes of our lives to that nebulous state of elation and redemption that we sometimes refer to as ”poetic” ?

The rest is mostly a life-long process of branding ourselves as a desirable product in this increasingly globalized and fickle marketplace.

A brand is a total image with a price, a consistent package with defined and perceived borders. We are engineers. Attorneys. Machinists. Singers. Doctors. Teachers. Experts. Go-to guys. Ministers. Project managers. Historians. Curators. Tank drivers. Chefs. Shrinks. Plumbers … and, yes, Poets. Poets come in branded varieties as well. There is even a ”Poet Laurate” for the whole United States (for the last few years we were extremely fortunate to have Billy Collins and Stanley Kunits and Ted Kooser as the PT Person).

All branding by definition shuns contradiction and ambivalence like a plague.

Fuzzy logic is fine for hi-tech digital cam-recorders but not for the experts that command healthy speaking fees. CEOs and four star generals are not supposed wear their troubling questions on their sleeves. Researchers at NIH do not get grants and medals for not knowing what to do in the face of a new virus strain.

If things do not make sense outside a certain framework, then a branded professional knows how NOT to step outside that framework. A brand provides reproducible solutions to carefully-worded questions. Existentialist panic does not command a premium price on the capitalist auction block.

Poetry, on the other hand, is a vulnerable exploration into everything that is left out by branding. It has no guarantees. No guidelines.

You can certainly encourage people to write poems. But I’m not sure at all if you can ”teach” how to write poetry with the kind of money-back-guarantee bravado that is commonplace for a successful brand.

It is the only Odyssey that each person has to take all alone, go out and wander in the world, meet his demons, take them on one by one, beat them and return home victorious… only to do the same all over again the very next day.

Poetry, to use an analogy that Billy Collins has used in an Alaskan Quarterly Review interview, is like finding something curious sticking out from the sand in a desert and removing all that sand to discover the rest of the intriguing object. In that, poetry represents a vast freedom to rediscover all that is hidden from or by power.

Poetry upholds all the in-between states and ambiguities censored by branding. So it is subversive by default.

However in that subversion there is also a deep affirmation of the most basic human value of all – freedom. That’s perhaps the only thing branding cannot buy and sell in the marketplace. A brand’s power depends only on consumption. Poetry, on the other hand, is free the moment it is produced.

Our world needs more poets get into branded power play. Certainly someone like Leopold Sedar Senghor, a poet who became a statesman, will be remembered for his uplifting and dignified approach to international conflict. And conversely, I hope more branded professionals get into poetry as a way to humanize the market place of good and services.

What if the United Nations held a Poetry Workshop for one day of the year, with mandatory participation for all heads of state?

What if everyone in the world voted for the best Power Poet of the year through the internet and the winner was declared on Valentine’s Day?

Or what if Fortune 500 companies had poetry classes for their managers? Wouldn’t that be the ultimate out-of-the-box thinking and problem-solving bonanza on steroids?

And what would happen if before one country attacked another, the presidents and top generals from both sides were forced to lock themselves in a room and write at least one poem, expressing why they hate the “other guys” and why they must fight? What if those poems were then distributed to the citizens of both nations and the world? Perhaps they would still go on and fight. And perhaps, just a tiny little shivering perhaps, they would not.

Without poetic possibilities, branding easily degrades into a repetition of the past. If you are building a bridge, repetition of the past experience might actually be a beneficial discipline since no one wants to re-discover trigonometry every time there is a river to cross.

But in much more complex affairs of the heart, of which I consider international politics to constitute just a small subset, the vulnerable freedom of a poem could be the only thing standing between our endangered humanity and the discovery of our birthright freedom — and even perhaps salvation.

Source by Ugur Akinci

The World Famous Poetry Anthology Scam

Succeeding as a writer is a very hard thing to achieve. Unfortunately there are those out there willing to take advantage of writers and exploit their dreams of being published. A popular scam in print and online is known among other things as the Poetry Anthology scam.

The way it works is a struggling writer will stumble upon an advertisement for a poetry contest. This advertisement can be online or in a print magazine and will appear to be a legitimate writing contest. They may use fantastic claims of a valuable grand prize and promise that the winning entry, along with all the entries deemed to be finalists will be published in the anthology. Usually the ad will go on to describe how respected and well read the anthology is, even though you would have a hard time tracking down someone who's heard of it.

The fact that the contest is free to enter will insure it has an air of legitimacy, after all how can it be a scam if they are not charging you to enter the contest? The only mention of money is that winners and all finalists will require to purchase a copy of the anthology, that's not all that restrictive as what author would not mind buying a copy of an anthology that they won a contest to be in? The scam rears its head in the fact that everyone that enters the contest ends up being a finalist, therefore they are required to purchase the anthology, and the price charged for the anthology is rather high. Writers end up paying a large fee to view their work published in an anthology that is filled with, most often, mediocre poetry and writing written by others who have also paid the substantial fee.

The publishers, or contest runners, have no intention to publish a well-respected poetry anthology. Their only goal is to convince as many people as possible to pay the high dollar price for the book. Most of the time the book is actually printed and the publishers make a handsome profit off of sale of the books to everyone who entered, after all, remember everyone who entered was a finalist. Seldom are more copies printed than needed to distribute to the supposed finalists.

Other signs that indicate the poetry anthology contest is a scam are:

Many times the contest will be advertised in non-literary places, avenues that would make you later reflect, why would they advertise a poetry contest in a magazine or website like that?

The name of the contest sounds very much like the name of a very real and famous contest or literary magazine.

Often times, though they claim previous winners have gone on to bigger things, they will not display the names of the previous winners of the contest for fear that someone will notice that these writers are not judged favorable in the literary field.

Another sign is that they are only accepting short submissions to be judged and printed in the anthology. This is for the financial gain of the publishers as it makes the book shorter and cheaper to print.

There are a number of legitimate contests and publishing houses to pursue getting published in, but generally these opportunities will be well known and carry none of the signs of the scam described above. Anything that requires you to pay money up front for a chance at something has a good chance of being a scam and should be investigated before any commitments have been made.

Source by M. Allen

Purpose of a Poem (and a Poem)

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I think most people writing poetry or writing about poetry, has their own concept of what should be, what should not be, what is, what is not: you know, our own little world of poetry. Not sure if any of us are right: we think we are, but which standards are we going by? So I will give you my purpose and if it does not fit into your box, burn it: your 'may be better anyhow.

When I use to read a poem, and I absorb when many people do read a poem, and when I do read a poem myself, nowdays, besides my own, I, like most people want to know what the heck it means. As I have stated before in other poetry articles, and as I believe it should be, each poem is mini-story itself. With that in mind, we shift to the word, "Paraphrase," or I can live with 'substance,' of the poem: again I am saying: the purpose of the story, what is the purpose of the story in the poem? You see, we flip back to step one. As I have told my wife many times, as she questions my poetry, she says: "Why this?" And I say "For effect." And she says: "What ~!" and I say, "See I got an effect from you." Like any story you read, you are looking – I would think, for its effect, its output, what does it produce. If you were to read, "In Cold Blood," by Mr. Truman Capote, the effect would be, or the result may be: stunning, for he book is one big upshot of wonderment. Poetry should do the same, or its aim should be the same, so I believe.

So now we got a poem, it is a story, and we are looking for its purpose within its given effect on our body and minds, which is called 'paraphrase,' now lets take this one more step, one more level, if you do not 'mind. We have read the poem three times, and now we have interpreted it to how it has affected us. Our flesh, or organs and our mind, is jumping, our bones are being melted, or we are frustrated, and say: hell with the poem, I get only irritation out of it. Perhaps you can extract some meaning from the lines that hit home, and sometimes the poem is crap to start out with, so go find a poet you like. To the poet, he should have an aim with his poem; know where he wants to take his reader. It is like most things in life, why waste your breath the readers time, if there is no reason behind it; nothing gives anything, breeds the same: nothing.

Now I will give you a poem (look for the effect it has on you, name it):

To Too Much

I have had way too much,

To too long, way too long,

To know that that I'm way

Too old to admit my 'twos'

Are wrong.

I asked a person what effect they got out of this: "I wondered why the writer was so tired." Is what the person said. Now for you, what did you get? What did the author want? To perhaps see if twos [to, too, twos] can make a stanza, isolated the framework of the poem into a spell, hopefully, out comes the prose meaning: the person is old and is tired, very tired. If the poems were to continue, it would result in you knowing, or the person knowing who read the poem, more of the person who is tired, and sometimes you can identify with it, and why he or she was tired could make a difference .

In one way, it is nice to read poetry, it is quick, it is condensed, and it is the top of the line as far as writing goes: and a story of 10,000-works can be put into 10-stanzas. It draws out our emotions, or can and should: and should be of the best man has in his mind and heart to offer. And again, do not take any of this personal, it is just my opinion, no more than that, and again, sometimes your reasoning is better than mine. So take it for what it is worth, and enjoy it.

Source by Dennis Siluk Dr.hc