Jennifer St. Clair Bush, Associate Editor, Poetry
Issue # 3: 04/01/01
A Theory of Alternate History
Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but all are overwhelmed in eternal night, unwept, unknown, because they lack a sacred poet.
Not long ago I found myself in the midst of an on-line debate about whether poetry was a dead art, completely outmoded for today's world and better left to the past. While I never believed that the genre was even close to dying, I do think that the Internet has helped create a renaissance in the appreciation of poetry. The genre is very much alive on the 'Net, and scattered everywhere are wonderful sites for both writing and reading -- and in some cases listening -- to poetry. This month's article will cover a few of the other places to look for poetry-related material, both how-to articles and examples.
Like any type of writing, a person needs to immerse herself in the genre in order to understand and appreciate what she is writing. So here are some links to places where you can study both the art and the technique of writing poetry.
Some of these sites will be better than others, and some more helpful for one style or another. But check them out, and learn what a vibrant and lively art poetry can be, even in today's world!
(Please note that most of these were chosen at random, and does not mean Vision or Forward Motion support them.)
The Academy of American Poets
Read, listen, and learn about the state of poetry in America today.
A support group for poets, with on-line reading lists, contests, markets and hundreds of poetry-related links
Critiques and discussions on many aspects of poetry.
The Semantic Rhyming Dictionary
Type in a word below to find its rhymes, synonyms, and more
A Unique Guide for the Study of Poetry
Phonetic pronunciation, cross references, broad range of definitions, examples, hyper-linked keywords & cross references, and a wealth of poetic quotations
Poetry Today Online
Proudly serving Internet poets since 1997 -- contests, publishers, workshops and more
The show broadcasts spoken word and literary performances, by New York City and international poetry figures, - LIVE every Monday 9pm EST. GO! Poetry produces film, live theatre, poetry events and workshops with outreach to young & old.
Welcome to the Interactive Poetry Pages
Real-time poetry collaboration. You are invited to add a line to a poem in progress and view the finished works.
Electronic Poetry Center
EPC serves as a central gateway to resources in electronic poetry and poetics produced at the University at Buffalo as well as elsewhere on the Internet.
English translations of Chinese poems
A lovely page of translations, with Chinese ideograms and English words
Irish Poetry is famous and continues to draw considerable notice. Check out this nice little site for some samples.
Cowboy Poetry is a growing favorite in many areas of the world.
There are also several sites on line where you might sell your poetry. Here are just a few places that are interested in poems. Check them out and see if any of them are right for you (Again, only presented as an example):
Alexandria Digital Literature -- http://www.alexlit.com
Along Zalandra Terrace -- http://www.zalandra.com
Alternate Realities Webzine -- http://www.alternaterealitieszine.com
Apocalypse Fiction Magazine -- http://www.apocalypsefiction.com
Dark Moon Rising -- http://www.darkmoonrising.com
Dark Planet -- http://www.sfsite.com/darkplanet/
Digital Catapult -- http://www.digital-catapult.com
Electric Wine -- http://www.electricwine.com
Fables -- http://www.fables.org
Moondance -- http://www.moondance.org
Muse It -- http://www.museit.com
Neverworlds -- http://www.neverworlds.com
ProMart -- http://promartian.com
Savvy Click Magazine -- http://www.thesavvyclick.comStrange Horizons -- http://www.strangehorizons.com/