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9/29/2014 7:24 PM - Heather Buxton
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9/30/2014 8:25 AM - Shilpy Gupta
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Post here if you're new to receiving a critique and you want "gentle" feedback on your poem. Constructive criticism only. PLEASE Only Post One Poem a Day!!!
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9/30/2014 3:32 AM - James Andrew
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For poets who want unrestricted constructive criticism. This is NOT a vanity workshop. If you do not want your poem seriously critiqued, do not post here. Constructive criticism only. PLEASE Only Post One Poem a Day!!!
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9/30/2014 3:47 AM - James Andrew
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Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.
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9/29/2014 11:19 AM - dillon lewis
Poetry Everything
Discuss your favorite poems, poets, and poetry books - analysis, ideas, hidden meanings, random thoughts, etc.
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9/26/2014 10:04 PM - Bob Atkinson
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Can't find a poem you've heard once? Looking for a poem for a special person or an occasion? Ask other member for help.
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7/9/2014 10:42 AM - Nancy Zapf
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Post information about other useful poetry related websites and contests. Also report poetry scams.
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9/18/2014 12:13 PM - Dan Hansen
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Love and Romance
Don't Post Poetry Here!!! Seeking relationship advice, romantic ideas or just want to express your feeling - Post Here!
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8/23/2014 1:14 AM - JEYFAH ASWANI
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I just need to talk...
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9/29/2014 7:40 AM - Keith Trestrail
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8/16/2014 10:01 AM - Peter Dome
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9/30/2014 8:25:35 AM
Topic:
Have fun and keep PoetrySoup a haven.

Shilpy Gupta
Posts: 1
what does average rating mean here? please guide & explain... thanks
9/30/2014 3:47:20 AM
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do you feel the same ?

James Andrew
Posts: 5
The subject matter is powerful and should be incredibly emotionally driving for a poet, but all you've come up with here is a collection of sympathetic but boring and dreary lines. Think about some imagery and sort out the rhyme scheme.
9/30/2014 3:41:16 AM
Topic:
return whistles

James Andrew
Posts: 5
Incredible piece of postmodern poetry. I actually really like it. What's "Allab IRATO ill." though? Are you using an internet translator?
9/30/2014 3:39:22 AM
Topic:
Nearer the end

James Andrew
Posts: 5
Memories burn like gold - what? Golden imagery for memories at the end of life is pretty cool, but gold doesn't burn. Weird metaphor. You also contradict yourself. Memories burn like gold, but things no longer matter. Things no longer matter, but you think of things you've left undone. I like where you're going with the surprise at the end, but I would like to know what your intention with it is?
9/30/2014 3:35:36 AM
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Lady

James Andrew
Posts: 5
Tawdry. Consider how much you actually like this woman. Enough to write her something with some actual imagination, right? As Bob said, most of these lines are just completely cliche.
9/30/2014 3:32:32 AM
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A Bee

James Andrew
Posts: 5
A bee is an amazing and wonderful thing,
That is of course until it shows you it's sting,
And then it will die, as all things must end,
And now you will live on with this wound now to mend.


Quite a nice little poem but there are a few things I would improve. Obviously "it's" is a mistake in the second line but probably just a typo. You start both the third and fourth lines with "and", something I would think about revising, especially with the comma at the end of line three.

And now you will live on with this wound now to mend.


You use "now" twice and the phrasing sounds pretty clunky. The rhythm isn't really affected by removing the first "now", so if you don't want to completely revise the structure that's an idea.
9/29/2014 7:24:25 PM
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Hello

Heather Buxton
Posts: 1
Hello Stu, good to have you here
9/29/2014 5:29:44 PM
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Intro

Donovan Beukes
Posts: 1
My name is Salamander
My poems are unpublished
I often sit and wonder
If my colour is a blunder
want to share globally
my literal mentality
9/29/2014 11:19:12 AM
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looking for feedback

dillon lewis
Posts: 2
just looking for some feedback on the poems i already have on this website so i will know what new poems i should put on here. please and thanks



D.R.L.
9/29/2014 7:40:44 AM
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What really gets on my nerves...

Keith Trestrail
Posts: 3
I agree also. Something else that annoys me are the little cliques of poets on this website who seem to be a mutual admiration society with their sycophantic comments! Some of the rubbish that get rave reviews is astonishing! A little honesty would be refreshing.
9/27/2014 10:50:11 AM
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corajonas
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9/26/2014 10:04:15 PM
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Some missing masterpieces!

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 7
"To___" (Poe)........................no mo poe, please

I heed not that my earthly lot.........the word "that" is redundant. (used 4 times, poor form)
Hath little of Earth in it,..................the word "it" shouldn't be used, (vague, no meaning)
That years of love have been forgot ..........the verb "to be" in all it's forms verboten
In the hatred of a minute:..........the word "the" shouldn't be used at all, (laziness)
I mourn not that the desolate ......."that, the" no no's
Are happier, sweet, than I, ......verb "to be (are) verboten
But that you sorrow for my fate.....there's "that" again
Who am a passer-by...........the verb "to be" (am) again, verboten
9/24/2014 11:39:11 PM
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Lady

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 7
Nice collection there Gabe of trite phrases and cliche's
9/23/2014 6:05:02 PM
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A Poet's Lament!

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 7
Or, if you please Keith:

arizona-poet.blogspot.com/2013/04/18-stoic-faces-by-bob-atkinson.html
9/23/2014 6:02:40 PM
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A Poet's Lament!

Bob Atkinson
Posts: 7
Bingo Keith. The poetry establishment's let us down. Poetry, as they define it has gone down the tube. Yet, there's hope still:

arizona-poet.blogspot.com/2013/01/emotion-of-disgust-by-bob-atkinson.html
9/23/2014 5:50:53 AM
Topic:
Hello

Stu Buck
Posts: 1
Hello,
I see this forum, like so many others, has become awash with faceless adverts. A real shame.
I hope people still read it.
My name is Stu. I am 29, living in Wales with my wife and daughter in a beautiful hamlet called Llanarmon Dyfryn Ceiriog (quite the tongue-twister), which is located in the 'Valley of the Poets'.
I am relatively new to poetry writing, previously preferring to concentrate on short stories and a still unfinished novel.
I write haiku and tanka mainly, and have been published several times in prolific press' haiku journal, as well as the new tanka journal from the same company.
I have read poetry on this site for ages now, and will upload some of my work in the next couple of days for others to enjoy/castigate in equal measures.
Its nice to be here.
9/22/2014 8:52:51 PM
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Poems wanted for new Magazine

Verlena S. Walker
Posts: 3
Little-Known Nothing: If I can be a co-editor with my own page to theme and/or topic via poetry I am interested. A very neat idea you have here. When are you planning on launching this project. I am very well-written. Check me out on the Soup. I know I have read your poetry. you roc. I know you are worthy of me and I am you. Smile!



~Oblivion Dark Sunshine - Poetry Diva - Verlena S. Walker~
edited by Verlena on 9/22/2014
9/20/2014 5:42:03 AM
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Poets wanted for new magazine

little known nothing
Posts: 3
I'm trying to create a new magazine filled with the poetry of lots of different people.
Please enter my up coming competition.
9/20/2014 5:36:24 AM
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Poems wanted for new Magazine

little known nothing
Posts: 3
Anyone read the Larcenist Magazine???
I was lucky enough to be put in the first two issues and I downloaded the ebook off lulu. Pondering this the other day I realised that with all the spare time I have on my hands as I don't work ( not because I'm lazy ) this would be a really rewarding way to spend my time. I have already self published a poetry book through createspace and found it was really easy. Last week I was lucky enough to sell 30 copies in kindle form. But reading through the new poems on poetry soup yesterday I came across a lot of poems that left the words rolling through my head till late last night. There is so many talented poets that will never get published as this is the world we live in, people are so busy with work, family etc. my new idea is for me to self publish a poetry magazine with a big assortment of different forms, styles and voices. Every month or two depending if I get any interested people a topic ie love, death, life changing events, written by all the talented poets of different race, age etc etc. obviously I need poets and poems to fill this magazine of wonder, the best way to do this is a competition once a week on the subject of the magazine I'll be publishing picking 10 - 15 poems a week to fill the magazine. I need feedback on this idea before I even think about going ahead with it. Now only other thing to think of is money I'm not interested in making money but I am interested in getting our words out there into the big wide world. Any ideas on money would be welcome. Weather we give it to charity or maybe buying a lifetime membership for poetry soup for someone, or using the proceeds if there are any to buy hard copies for the poets who are in the magazine. I really need some feedback on this and any direct emails are welcome
9/18/2014 12:13:15 PM
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Trillium Review: New Poetry Forum/Resource Website

Dan Hansen
Posts: 1
I'd like to announce the launch of the Trillium Review, a brand-new poetry forum and resource site. We are at http://www.trilliumreview.com. We're looking for poets who are serious about their craft to stop by and help get the site off the ground by posting a poem or critique.

Thank you.

--Dan Hansen




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