Poetry Forum

Poetry Forum. A poetry forum dedicated strictly to poetry. Poets can use this poetry forum for poetry workshops, sharing poetic techniques, discussing aspects of poetry, poetry publishing, and the poetry industry. Poetry forum members can enter poetry contests, post poems, and participate in the #1 poetry community on the internet.

Community Soup Bowl
New to PoetrySoup? Introduce yourself here. Tell us something about yourself.
Latest post
2/18/2017 10:18 AM - I Am Speedytomzalez
How do I...?
Ask PoetrySoup Members how to do something or find something on PoetrySoup.
Latest post
2/12/2017 3:03 PM - Barry Stebbings
PoetrySoup Notes
Info and comments from the PoetrySoup Team.
Latest post
1/14/2017 2:06 PM - Rainbow Promise
Collaborate on a poem or external project.
Latest post
1/27/2017 12:35 AM - aunna jones
Poetry Critique
Be Gentle
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!!!
Latest post
2/2/2017 10:38 PM - Dave McGahan
High Critique
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!!!
Latest post
2/1/2017 7:57 PM - Joey Oliva
Poem Editing and Help
Do you need help editing a poem? Maybe English isn't your first language. Post poems or request help with a poem or english here.
Latest post
2/2/2017 11:01 PM - Dave McGahan
Poetry Talk
Writing Poetry
Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.
Latest post
2/11/2017 6:49 AM - Kymberlykl
Poetry Everything
Discuss your favorite poems, poets, and poetry books - analysis, ideas, hidden meanings, random thoughts, etc.
Latest post
11/29/2016 5:20 AM - Doug Vinson
Looking for a Poem
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.
Latest post
1/19/2017 8:29 AM - Eric Dobransky
Outside the Bowl
Post information about other useful poetry related websites and contests. Also report poetry scams.
Latest post
1/24/2017 4:58 AM - keith osborne
Non-Poetry Talk
Love and Romance
Don't Post Poetry Here!!! Seeking relationship advice, romantic ideas or just want to express your feeling - Post Here!
Latest post
11/27/2016 4:13 PM - Keith Teaser
Fun and humor
Don't Post Poetry Here!!! Everything to make us smile - anecdotes, stories, fun things to do, etc. But NOT Poetry.
Latest post
12/26/2016 10:19 AM - Bruce Adams
I just need to talk...
Don't Post Poetry Here!!! Talk about anything or need a shoulder to cry on? Share your thoughts and emotions here:
Latest post
1/4/2017 1:33 AM - Doug Vinson
Know of any good publishers? Tell us about them here.
Latest post
9/7/2016 1:03 PM - Sharon Gulley
How to...
Have you published a book. Tell others how you did it.
Latest post
9/1/2016 8:14 PM - Gail Lewis
How do I do it myself?
Latest post
2/3/2017 7:41 PM - Kenneth R. Jenkins
My Book(s)
Are you a published poet? If so, tell us about your book.
Latest post

What's going on
Forum users online 1   Forum members online 0   Forum guests 1

Threads 2796   Posts 5419   Forum members 40427

Recent posts
2/18/2017 10:18:44 AM
Newbie or not newbie? That is the question.

I Am Speedytomzalez
Posts: 1
Hello good people of planet prose. I'm an absolute beginner here. I seem to have fallen into the genre of totally daft poetry. Without realising it, I think my infuences have been Lear (Edward, rather than King) and Spike Milligan. So...I've posted my few first attempts at madcap tomfoolery. Can I apologise now if it offends the serious and talented poets out there, but surely you have to agree that every village has room for an idiot. That's where I enter, stage left...
edited by Speedytomzalez on 2/18/2017
edited by Speedytomzalez on 2/18/2017
edited by Speedytomzalez on 2/18/2017
2/17/2017 6:32:10 AM
Hello All.

Stephany Delima
Posts: 1
To all new comers.. welcome to the poetrysoup. I hope you'll find a joy in this site because as for me, I do Big Grin
edited by stephanydelima on 2/17/2017
2/17/2017 5:07:05 AM
Hello All.

beth malayao
Posts: 1
Hello everyone. I am a newcomer here.
I am a rookie and an aficionado of poetry. 10 years ago, I attended poetry workshop in my homeland, but I quitted because of lack of motivation and focus.
Only this winter (in diaspora) that the passion for poetry has been ignited; I thought I will forever stop writing poetry but I realized that poetry is everywhere if you are creative thinker.
I am happily married, but no children yet. I am married to a musician
I hope we can sharpen each other by reading poetry.
2/12/2017 3:03:04 PM
How to use the correct structure for my poetry

Barry Stebbings
Posts: 5
There is no correct structure for writing poetry, it all depends on what you are trying to express and how you want to express it. Subject to the standard rules of English usage. You should be able to get guidance from the publisher's submission guidelines and previous work published by them. Changing your sentence construction could change the sense and meaning of your poem, you will have to decide if that is what you want. I do not know this publisher but if they only have a fixed format it might be a good idea to look somewhere else.
2/12/2017 8:09:51 AM
How to use the correct structure for my poetry

steve fackerell
Posts: 1
Hi, I wrote a book a while back with all my poetry that i want to make into an ebook. I uploaded the poems file to epub, but it wont let me choose different formats. I don't want to rewrite all 50+ poems in the correct sentence structure. is there a way to automatically do it. Thank you for your help.
2/11/2017 6:49:12 AM
Poems wanted for new Magazine

Posts: 3
The frequent idea of the power of poetry and expressiveness, as fine as that of words in usual discussion, http://www.courseworkbliss.co.uk/ is that they influence the intelligence by rising in it thoughts of person’s things for which tradition has chosen them to place.
2/11/2017 6:45:37 AM
Channeling creativity - with no re-writes

Posts: 3
Whether it is work, engage in recreation or an new situation in life, meaningful that you can tap into your original side to approach up with fresh answer for the http://www.readydissertations.co.uk/buy-dissertation/ toughest belongings is an benefit that will help you no substance what.
2/11/2017 6:41:10 AM
What Inspires me to write poetry.

Posts: 3
In a society gripped with measuring capacity and capacity, we frequently ignore the significant role of motivation. http://www.readyassignment.co.uk/ Inspiration wake up us to new promise by allowing us to exceed our ordinary experience and limitations.
2/9/2017 10:35:03 PM
Hello All.

Lisa Myers
Posts: 1
I'm finally here. I'll soon be ready to share. Much Love.
2/6/2017 11:01:29 AM
Get Questions Answered

Donna Roberts
Posts: 1
I suppose contest entries are only visible to the person sponsoring until AFTER judging, or are we able to view as well??
2/3/2017 10:42:10 PM
The Golden Swan : A Critical Analysis of Sriharsha

Saatyaki So Seshendra Sharma
Posts: 5
• A Great secret hidden for eight centuries
• The swan has been telling her story for 800 years but no one has identified who she is....
• Naishdha Kavya a trinity of Mantra, Yoga Vedantha Sciences
• Sriharsha a Srividya Upasaka
• Damayanthi is none other than Sri Maha Tripurasundari
• Ajapaa Gayathri Chinthamani Thiraskarani mantras treasured in this kavya....
Two Great Peaks in the world literary criticism and research
Shodasi: Secrets of The Ramayana and Swarnahamsa Harshanaishada from the mighty pen of the great Telugu poet, Gunturu Seshendra Sharma are considered to be the two great peaks in the world literary criticism and research. This is a truth most contemporary Telugu writers and readers aren’t aware of. The way Seshendra could discover Kundalini Yoga, Gayathri Mantra in Shodasi, he could discern the treasure trove of mantra yoga, Sri Mahatripurasundari, Chintamani mantra in Swarnahamsa.
At a time when our universities which are mere Degrees production Units, churn out “solid waste” in the name of research; Seshendra even while attending to his job as a Municipal Commissioner created research oriented critical volumes like a sage.
Though Shodasi was published in 1967 and Swarnahamsa in 1968; Swarnahamsa was created by him much before Shodasi was conceived. The concepts that Srinatha, Nannayya and Mallanatha, the Telugu Classical poets couldn’t decipher, Seshendra could. He humbly submits that he is most fortunate that the triumvirate had left behind some pertinent concepts only to be discovered by him at a later stage.
These two great kavyas were serialised under the editorship of late Neelamraju Venkata Seshaiah in Andhra Prabha Daily, Sunday Literary Supplements from 1963 to 1967 and Seshendra’s poems and non-fiction were published in the book forms (6) only after they appeared in serial form in Andhra Prabha.
Seshendra : Visionary Poet of the Millennium
Saatyaki , Seshendra's son's New Year Gift to Devi Upasakas

to Literary Fraternity and Book - Lovers.
In Sanskrit literature there are two well - known writers
with the name Sriharsha. One was a king (Harshavardhana
7th century AD), a follower of Buddhism and author of three
plays – Nagananda, Priyadarshika and Ratnavali. The
second Sriharsha of 12 Century AD was a Srividya Upasaka
and an eminent poet–scholar. It was he who authored the
famous book Naishadha (The story of Nala and Damayanthi)
in sanskrit. Later, in the 15th Century, Srinatha, The
Legendary Telugu poet, translated it into Telugu metrical
poetry. Srinatha was a Saivite and perhaps was not formally
initiated into the Shakteya form of worship and its praxis.
Srinatha could not decipher the hidden mystery of
Damayanthi conceived by Sriharsha as Sri Devi. It would
seem that it fell to the power of intuition of Seshendra, our
contemporary poet, to unravel the mystery after several
centuries. This is indeed a surprise. Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Savitri:
A legend and a Symbol’ is witness to his being the sacred
privy to Pristine Savitri Mantra. Very similar is Seshendra’s
Golden Swan, which transcends its apparent meaning of
being a mere commentary to niche of mystic trance
committed to words. Thus in his Shodasi: Secrets of the
Ramayana are included Trijata Swapna and Gayatri Mantra
is in itself a mystery. For, apparently in his Shodasi,
Philosopho-poetic intuition, the dream of Trijata (in the
Ashoka Vana) is verily the Gayatri Mantra as discerned by
the deep yogic sensibility of Seshendra (A nigoodha Yogi).
I have had intimate relationship for over six decades with
Seshendra. All who know him admire him for is poetic
|genius but mostly from reading his recent prose and poetry
works. Even so, how many of them who have read Golden
Swan and Shodasi: Secrets of the Ramayana will have seen
the mystic surrounding his poetic vision?
Saatyaki has now requested me to review Swarna Hamsa.
He is devoted to filial adoration. It is only because of this
that volumes of Seshendra’s works are seeing the light of the
day again.
The sacred Mantras: Ajapaa Gayatri, Chintamani are the
common heritage of many upasakas. Not all of them may
have read Sriharsha’s Kavya. Even those who might have
read only now know through Seshendra that Sriharsha is in
reality a Srividya Upasaka.
Srividya, the highest form of devotion to Enlightenment,
which gives liberation (Vimukthi) from the travails of both
the worlds, has its own trinity of Mantra, Yantra and form of
worship. Mantra is called Panchadashi. In this context it
would be helpful to study the commentary on
“chaturbis Sreekanthais Siva yuvatibhih panchabhir api
prabhinna abhis Sambor navabhir api moola prakritibhih
chatus chatwaarimsad vasu dala kalaasra trivalaya
tri raekhaabhis saartham tava Sarana konaah parinataah”
11 Sloka in Shankaracharya’s Soundarya Lahari.
Contemporary literature is beset with many diversities and
divergences. A swan, they say, can separate milk from water.
How many scholars have the calibre to do a swan,
unearthing the inner meaning of the text? Seshendra, like
that mystic swan, did it with aplomb. Because of this unique
quality Seshendra is a Golden Swan.
Prof. M. Shiva Prasad
Professor of Telugu (Retrd)
Osmania University
Karthika Purnima
edited by saatyaki on 2/3/2017
2/3/2017 7:41:08 PM
New Book

Kenneth R. Jenkins
Posts: 4
Coming soon a new book in the making.......Cool
2/3/2017 7:38:24 PM
New Book

Kenneth R. Jenkins
Posts: 4
The Bridge: poemsby Kenneth R Jenkins

Poetry written from the heart especially experiencing the death of dear friends. Each poem expresses itself what ...

Get it now.....

2/3/2017 7:33:18 PM
New Book

Kenneth R. Jenkins
Posts: 4
unspoken word: poemsby Kenneth R Jenkins

Poetry with heart is just what this book is all about from love to the things that is of life.
Each poem speaks to the hearts of the reader and feeds them to their very souls.

Buy it now.....

2/2/2017 11:01:08 PM
need help, comments

Dave McGahan
Posts: 5
does anyone lose them self in poetry, or does anyone find themselves in poetry, or possibly both?
2/2/2017 10:58:53 PM
need help, comments

Dave McGahan
Posts: 5
I am about to try to submit a poem for an odd reason you know poetry can be odd for reasons unknown
2/2/2017 10:56:11 PM
need help, comments

Dave McGahan
Posts: 5
seth181818 wrote:
What do you think of the grammar in this poem? Is it too short?


since I know nothing of grammar - it's an exclusive crowd I know, I think it's not something that matters and still something that does not matter in any way at all. how's that for a sentence?
2/2/2017 10:51:23 PM

Dave McGahan
Posts: 5
Hola back at ya, English is sadly all I speak. Count yourself as rich in language!!! Peace!
2/2/2017 10:38:20 PM
Windows Of My Mind

Dave McGahan
Posts: 5
fragility like a fear of being exposed is a fear without reproach / I don't know anyone who truthfully
doesn't fundamentally express this in some way, candid or hidden in someway.

comedy helps, heals, demonstrates outwardly the human side. This is a wonderful poem by the way. I too am new here. I think it can be easy to miss the finer points of character that are built into memory that seem like cells of glass that can shatter / how else could most of us be lost. There is so much experience and from time to time may I suggest hard selfless work (which by the way is the most precious kind of hard work since it builds the character in the soul) yet it's easy to forget. The day was perfect because you were open to it whatever it brought, you saw the real beauty in something other than yourself, you were yourself in a sudden spontaneous way, And it felt real, And yeah, it felt really good.

I really like the windows of my mind imagery, the fragility of emotion, the complex nature of now.

Thank you!

2/2/2017 4:49:52 PM
Windows Of My Mind

Jane Shields
Posts: 1
The Windows Of My Mind

I imagine that inside my mind
Are cells made out of glass
And trapped inside these tiny cells
Are moments of my past

And now and then they shatter
To cause me grief and pain
And bleed into my consciousness
To take me back again

The shards of glass are stabbing
Causing me great pain
So I retreat inside of me
To build them once again

Behind each tiny cell I see
Hands banging to get out
I try to stop the damage
By stifling a shout

No matter what I try to do
I cannot make it cease
The thumping and the hammering
Just will not give me peace

So yet another bleed begins
Another spear of pain
I'm taken back to times gone by
And relive it again

Then as the mist starts rising
And the glass begins to clear
My pounding heart can rest again
And slowly ease my fear

Some people they have triggers
And know what breaks their glass
They take avoidance if they can
But not for me alas

The windows are so fragile
Can break at any time
So I need to look after
All the windows of my mind

Jane Shields July 2016
edited by Jane Shields on 2/2/2017

Powered by AspNetForum © 2006-2010 Jitbit Software