Thursday, December 30, 2010

Poets In Training Contest #3 Winner

This weeks Poem of the Week Winner is Samantha Robin-Hibbert aka only1god --

Sam... as she prefers to be called is a 33 year old mother of two children who loves poetry, she loves to write or pen as she says, but most importantly she loves to inspire or bring joy to others through words.

Her winning entry is Oops! This one will definitely bring a smile to your face or a chuckle from somewhere deep within so read and enjoy, I can tell you I sure did! Don't forget if you aren't a member of All Poetry yet, I recommend you join and enter our next Poem of The Week Contest, plus we're starting a Spotlight Poem Contest in the very near future, so keep tuned into our blog, just click on the follow link. So you'll never miss a day or a week's worth of inspiration, humor, or drama. Come join the muses of Poets In Training. Now on to this week's winning entry...


Like a book that has been left on the shelf,
How alone without you I am.
I love you more than life itself,
I desire to have you as my man.
I have loved you for so very long now,
It feels like an eternity has gone,
Yet I still don't have you to call my own,
For heavens sake where am I going wrong?
We have been friends for what seems like a lifetime,
What a complicated dilemma I am in,
Do I tell you, or Don't I?
Could you be my New Year Resolution?
Nevertheless, although this is painful,
I am grateful I still have you as my friend
As I'm drafting this note in my email
© Samantha Robin-Hibbert, All rights reserved
By the way, you can check out her profile page on All Poetry at
Or read more of her Poetry at

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Contest Started for Poets In Training on AP

Poem of the Week Contest #3 on AP!

Again All Poetry is hosting another Poem of the Week Contest for our blog. And here's the link to the latest contest. So Come join the fun, receive some feedback and meet an awesome group of writers.

You can also join our group on AP to help contribute to the blog or just drop me a line at to offer contributions.

So go over to All Poetry, if you're not a member it's free to join, and enter the contest who
knows maybe your poem will be the next....


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I Carried the Fire POTW Winner 12/21/10

We'd like you to read this week's winning poem from our latest contest on All Poetry! This week's winner won 500 AP points and a chance to be noticed here so congratulate our latest poet's poem of the week winner Adrian our youngest winner yet! Adrian is a 12 year old young man with a very creative streak waiting to be released. Just read this weeks poem and decide
for yourself! Congrats Adrian!
I Carried The Fire
Beginning of the year
All is well! All is well!
And I carried the fire

Soon after came the storm
Not one of rain and wind
One of sorrow, one of death
I broke down, fell to my knees
Though my heart may have shaken
I carried the fire

I grew stronger, I grew wiser
And bettered myself to see the day
It took fighting and it took pain
But I carried the fire

She came to me, I saw her face
I knew this time I'd been saved
See her smiling, love her laughing
I carry the fire

It's up to you to make the choice
Will you crash? And will you burn?
Or will you rise up? Take your life back?
Will you square your shoulders
and get back in the game?
Carry the fire, my friends

If you're willing to fight for yourself
No matter what storms may hit
Carry the fire
And you can rise from the ashes!
© Adrian, All rights reserved

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Poets In Training Contest #2 This week's theme "Reflections"

This week's theme is "Reflections" you can use the picture below as a prompt to write one or you can enter a pre-written one.  Currently our contests are being offered on the All Poetry site, until we've been able to develop our own site with our blog and all of our other services we hope to offer in the future.  We're looking for new talent from all over the internet, so if you want to be considered for this week's contest, join use on All Poetry, select the contest and submit your entry.  Take a chance, your poem could be the next...

This week's contest's picture prompt...

Copyright All rights reserved by Fran├žoise Rachez

Monday, December 13, 2010

All Poetry Contest Winner Aries aka Kath Piels Congratulations!


Shuffleton's Barber Shop

Missing image
  Small boys walked with awe
  when approaching, nearing
  Shuffleton's Barber Shop
  They stood transfixed, on tiptoe
  peeping through smokey window panes
  Listening, hearing soft murmur of male voices
  an occasional chortle with mirth
  On colder days the warming glow from a pot-bellied,
  free standing, stout black stove,
  reflected upon the window's glass
  The Barber's cat sat sleek, friendly, content
  ever alert for movement of a mouse
  At times there would be produced
  a mouth organ, violin, piano accordion
  to unite play, sing in joyous harmony
  A barber pole of spirally painted striped red and white
  hung proudly outside the front door
  Children watchful, as bushy beards were trimmed
  hair smartly snipped ,cut and faces lathered, shaved
  Counting days, weeks, months when they too
  could sit in that special chair, in such a hallowed place
  Shuffleton's Barber Shop
© Kath Piels, All rights reserved 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Santa's Night Out by Epistomolus at All poetry

Santa's Night Out by Epistomolus at All poetry
With several weeks to go
before December 24th,
the mood was not exactly chilled
up in the frozen North.


An awesome poem by an awesome poet/teacher from All Poetry, will definitely bring a chuckle forth.

Dennis Dawson aka Epistomolus has been a member of AP since 2007, he also volunteers on All Poetry's "School of Poetry" as a teacher in several areas including but not limited to "Gentle Introduction to Meter" and teaching the teachers, although I have had the opportunity at times to find mistakes in his own writings, so I have been able to "teach the teacher" at times.

His poetry is usually fun and upbeat, almost always has a good rhythm and rhyme to it. I have as of yet not found a single solitary poem of his that I haven't liked.

So check out his latest work of art, and while you are at it check out his entire collection on AP!Santa's Night Out

Monday, December 6, 2010

First Blog

Oh Wow... My first blog in here. Still finding it hard to believe that lil' me has been invited by the group leader to do this. Very honored. And I hope I can live up to the expectations. And I am going to need all the help and suggestions of all you wonderful people here.
Cheers... and God bless...

Our first Meet The Poet of the month

Welcome to all our readers, we have our fifth meet the poet this week.Poets In Training has gone under some new changes we have a new background and I'd like to thank the winner of the background contest the amazing talent you can find on Allpoetry, if you have not joined yet please do. Our group is growing i want to spread a warm welcome to our newest members.On with our interview.
One of our very own Aebeli Tamar, she is an amazing poetess. I have had much time with her, but I can relate that she is nice person. She was kind enough to fill in our questionnaire for the interview.

Chim: Tell us a little about yourself.
Tamar: a mother of three, late college student, I live in Boone, NC.

Chim: What is it about poetry that makes you want to write?
Tamar: I love poetry well my first poem just came to me.... I was standing at my kitchen window at my dad’s house ...where I was living with my family at the time.... I feel poetry just comes to you at times...At other times can be a form of Stress relief... Helps me when I am down. That’s for sure. Reading poetry from others and also writing my own. I enjoy learning new forms. I am always learning with poetry since I am fairly new to poetry...

Chim: Can you remember your first poem?
Tamar: Into the Gray
Looking out the window,
At a far off glow;
the Moon shining through,
The dark bark to low.
Maybe we will get their “one-day"
" Don't you know."
Looking as if to be all for show.
Painted in a picture or puzzle
"You Know"!

Chim: What style or styles of poetry do you write most or prefer to write?
Tamar: Well being new to poetry and still learning I write in short form. Mostly Rhyme.

Chim: Do you write more than poetry? What else do you do creatively?
Tamar: Yes. I have wrote one Children's book not published yet all though, when I am able I will publish.... Would love to publish...!

Chim: . What poem, written by you, do you like the most?
Tamar: My First.... because the poem marks the beginning of my poetry...!
I will always be proud of my work.

Chim: Do you have any mentors?
Tamar: Yes.... I love a lot of the talented writers on All Poetry.... Find a new wonderful writer every day...I also love the Great Emily Dickinson ...
Also some of the first Philosophical Poets

Chim: Who is your favorite poet or writer?
Tamar: Well I just answered that. I also like Linda lael Miller.Also Stephanie Myers. I have enjoyed reading a lot of writers.

Chim: What is your favorite poem by the poet you chosen?
Tamar: I love so many poems. I could never pick one.

Chim: What is your favorite type music?
Tamar: Classical Rock.50's up to 80's all types. from Enya to Bob Marley .

Chim: What inspires you?
Tamar:) My thoughts,My Heart and Soul, Also Nature. Sometimes Pictures.

Chim: Do you have a favorite book or author?

Tamar: To much literature to pick Favorites.
Chim: How about a favorite quote?

Tamar: ) Be Kind to each other. /. Also to be or not to be that is the question? The All time favorite should be "Peace"!!!

Chim: Any other creative passions?
Tamar: Art. I love bead and wire jewelry art. Also drawing but I would have to work back into that. I have also played the violin when I was younger and have promised myself to learn the fiddle the next time around which I am determined there will be a next time!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Poets-In-Training Contest hosted on All Poetry

We've got a contest running on All Poetry for a new category for the Poet In Training Blog, this will be a weekly contest there, anyone can enter.  If you're not a member of All Poetry, you can join for free and enter, if you are interested in contributing to the blog you can also join our group there "Poets In Training" as well.

So hop on over to AP and submit your poem!

This month's theme is: In time for the holidays.

Join us and have fun!

ECHOES OF MY SOUL Poetry Forum - Sea Song (30 word short poem) (SFPOTW) 12-3-2010

ECHOES OF MY SOUL Poetry Forum - Sea Song (30 word short poem) (SFPOTW) 12-3-2010

Another Award from Echoes of my Soul Poetry Forum for me Suzanne Wyatt, I know I shouldn't brag but, this is another site for poets in training to share their work with.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

51 Types of Poetry - All Different Forms

Want to know the different types of poetry? Are you curious as to the type or form or writing style you use? Here's a site that gives you a list of the 51 Types of Poetry - All Different Forms I found at PoemofQuotes they offer all types of information there, as well as tools and resources galore!

They also have articles about poetry techniques and poetry definitions, so if you're baffled in any way shape form or matter, visit this site and perhaps you'll find the answer you need.

Second November interview with Chim our co-author here at Poets-In-Training

The Review
Since Chimnese reviewed me last week we decided to give you a glimpse into her personality and writing style this week.  You can view more of her work at All Poetry under the user id of FallenWingz and also on her own blog Chimnese World of Literature Chim is a very creative person, she also writes novels and novelettes so far nothing published, but I’m sure it’s not far off the horizon before you see her work in print.  Now on to our interview with Chim.

Suzanne: Tell us a little about yourself.

Chimnese: I am a Capetonian girl born in South Africa. I am just very talkative but mostly I love to make new friends and writing is my saviour.

Suzanne:  What is it about poetry that makes you want to write?
Chimnese:  Poetry to me is something that is a thought that i can relaese easily, it helps me to  write a story in very few lines, i think that poetry captures so much more of the poets emotions. I have grown alot since the first poem i ever written.

Suzanne:  Can you remember your first poem.
Chimnese: My first poem i wrote when i was in grade 6


We'll child
Life wasn't easy for me
It had mountains to climb
And rivers to swim
And it had many ups and downs

But all the time
I kept going
Reaching for the skies
Life was no game

because there was no aim
But i kept going

So did i make it
No,i had to fall off again
But one day
I'll show the world i can do it
Who said life was easy

Suzanne: What style or styles of poetry do you write most or prefer to write?
Chimnese:  mostly free verse. i don't know if have a specific style..

Suzanne: Do you write more than poetry?  What else do you do creatively?
Chimnese:  yes i do, i write short stories and also sketch in my free time or when the creativity is there.

Suzanne: What poem, written by you, do you like the most?
Chimnese: My favorite I’ve written is Dream


Is it a dream,did we dream.
Did our lives change within a few hours,
Did we really act our parts,
Filling in the gaps,
Isn't something wrong with this dream.
I know now what it is,
Our tears seem real and not fabricated.
Did i see him laying there,friends and family bidding their farewell.
Will tomorrow be any different,
If I lay down tonight,
Will this be a dream?
Will he be there laying waiting, anticipating to see his loved ones?
Some dream all right.
How long will this dream become a reality, today, tomorrow, day after tomorrow?
Dream will you give us hope for another tomorrow.

Suzanne: Do you have any mentors?
Chimnese:  Fellow poets i have met on Allpoetry and Sharepoetry.

Suzanne: Who is your favourite poet or writer?
Chimnese:  William Shakespeare & Robert Frost

Suzanne:. What is your favourite poem by the poet you chosen?

Chimnese:  Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Suzanne: What is your favourite type music?
Chimnese: I love pop, are anything with a good beat, soulful lyrics when i am down to uplift my spirit.

Suzanne: What inspires you?
Chimnese: Everything around me, people,love.

Suzanne: Do you have a favourite book or author?
Chimnese: My favourite author is Sandra Brown, book would be Riley in The Morning by Sandra Brown.

Suzanne: .How about a favourite quote?
Chimnese: Always be true to yourself and remember you are loved.

Suzanne:.Any other creative passions?
Chimnese: sketching and photography

Monday, November 8, 2010

Our November poet of the week is our very own M.Suzanne Wyatt

The Review

I greet all of you blogger’s on this fine day at Poets In Training. As you all may know and have realised we are new but we aren’t new to the world of writing any style of poetry is concerned.
We will try to interview a poet/writer a week, so far we have only interviewed two very lovely ladies who was able to share with us there work.

First, I would like to introduce to all of you to our host M. Suzanne, we should have done this before we ever interviewed our previous two poets, I think this is a good way to start off, show- casing our very own talent. Both myself and M. Suzanne are aspiring poets and over the next two weeks , you will be able to learn more about each of us.


1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I’m a 56 year-old grandmother of 3 beautiful grand-daughters, learning to live as a post-stroke victim.

2. What is it about poetry that makes you want to write?

I guess it’s an outlet for my emotions, it’s easy to write small bits and pieces of my feelings down on paper (also helps me keep my mind active) since I had a small stroke a couple of years ago, I noticed I was having trouble finding words when I was talking, etc. So one day, I sat down and started putting down words that described the word I wanted, then it just started to flow, one word turned into two, two turned into three, and so on.

3. Can you remember your first poem?

I don’t remember my very first poem I ever wrote, but I do remember my creative writing teacher in high school told me I had a natural talent with words, that I should pursue it, but life happened and it was placed on a back-burner so to speak, then I had the stroke three years ago and that brought me back to writing. My second poem I truly ever wrote was “Love is Just a Fleeting Thing” that came from a lost relationship, and watching my parents love of each other as my father battled cancer. I wanted a love like they had and I wasn’t going to settle for anything less.

4. What style or styles of poetry do you write most or prefer to write?

I suppose you could say I write mostly free verse style, but I have attempted haiku, acrostic and shape poetry as well. I have written mostly about love, and romance, but I also have a love of dragons so I have a lot of sci-fi fantasy themes as well when I write.

5. Do you write more than poetry? What else do you do creatively?

I have written blogs I have one personal blog, that I try to keep up with where I share my political views, poetry, and I also like to create my own graphics that I also have shared there.

6. What poem, written by you, do you like the most?

I guess I would have to say that “Mists of Avalon” is my all time favorite, that was a labor of love for a special couple as a gift for them on their wedding day. It meta morphed into what it now is from weeks and months of re-writes trying to get it perfect for their very special day. So I have to say that, that is the one I like the most and am most proud of.

7. Do you have any mentors?
My best friend and sister, Jan she’s the one when I’m down that keeps me going, when I am stumbling over a word, we can just be visiting and all of a sudden she’ll know exactly the word I was looking for. We’ve been friends now for over 20 years, she can finish my sentences, and I can finish hers, we almost always know what the other is thinking. We drive our families crazy with our chat fests .

8. Who is your favourite poet or writer

My favorite writer I have to say is Anne McCaffrey, and her “Dragonriders of Pern” series of stories. I just loved those!

9. What is your favourite poem by the poet you chosen?

Well, it’s a book not a poem but my favorite I think was “The Girl who heard Dragons”

10. What is your favourite type music?

My favorite music, hmmm. Anything but rap! I was brought up on Doo-Wop, Country, and the Beatles so love almost all types of music.

11.What inspires you?

What inspires me, just about anything can inspire me.. Stubbing my toe can inspire me, watching the sunshine, seeing my grand-daughter dressed up for Halloween, a picture I see.

12.Do you have a favourite book or author?

I commented about this earlier..

13.How about a favourite quote?

I guess my favorite of all time is “Old Age Is Not for the Faint of Heart”

14.Any other creative passions?

I used to like to draw, and paint, I also liked to knit and crochet, but since my hands became so painful and disfigured, that’s no longer a task I do. I do use my computer and image editing software to create my own graphics and mini-movies to share with friends and family.

Suzanne is one of my favourite poets currently on Allpoetry i suggest you guys check the website out you will find a link on our blog. I have learnt alot from just being friends with Suzanne , she is one of the nicest people i have come across.

Our upcoming interview will be off course myself being interviewed by the lovely Miss Suzanne. we also have another poet lined up for the third week on Poets In Training.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Article: Write a poem about something you believe in

I read this article on POEWAR web page.

I like how the writer puts his view on poetry:

He says, I believe in poetry. I love it. It makes me feel good to read it. I love the thought that there is something inside me that expresses itself in a much more primal way than the straightforward text of my ordinary prose. For me poetry is visceral. It comes from a different place inside of me. For me, poetry feels like a much more genuine expression of my thoughts and emotions than any other form of writing. By John Hewitt

My response:

If I look at different forms of poetry they tell a different story, whether its about pain, hurt, disease, illness it all varies, but what do we believe in, poetry can come across as different things as the reader reads poetry, they want to feel the emotion, the feeling, they want to vision it in front of them, like for instance playing out a play or scene in their minds. Whenever I read different poets poetry I envision myself watching it as it’s playing out in front of me. When I first started writing poetry it wasn’t just something I plan ahead of time, its raw emotions, whirling around my head. I love to read classical poets like Dante, Shakespeare, Robert Frost, to name a few.

Like for instance this poem.

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare (I chose this poem because its one of my favourites since grade 10.)

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom:

If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

My Review

This poem as I understand it its definitely about true love, that type of love that cant ever change, not time nor space can separate this kind of love, love bends all this obstacles.
I bow down to Shakespeare for a man of his calibre; he stands as regards to LOVE.
Sonnet 116 – if you have ever TRULY been in love, you can relate to this poem. When the whole world tells you otherwise, if you experience true love, it will never change, nothing and nobody can change it. It can withstand all trails and tribulations. It can withstand a third party – that looks on tempests and is never shaken- it is a beacon that is worth more than anything on earth. That makes you giddy and silly, it never changes with time. It is constant, no matter how much time spent apart, its everlasting.
If I go more technical on my review from the sonnet 116:

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments." sonnet 116 is a sonnet detailing the permanence of true love. The speaker, in quatrain one, details what the " marriage of true minds" is not- it does not alter, it does not allow itself to be removed. The second qautrain reveals true love further by telling us what it is- an ever fixed mark that is never shaken, or metaphorically, a star that serves as a permanent guide to wandering ships. Qautrain three then returns again to what love is and does not- true love is not "Time's fool," it does not succumb to time but stands stubbornly until "the edge of doom".

The speaker finally in the couplet at the end, declares his final position. He dares someone to prove him wrong, betting that if he or she is wrong that no one has ever really loved and he or she had never written at all- a useful contrary that gaurantees his version of "true love" will always be true.
I hope you all enjoy learning more on what poetry can mean and the understanding of poetry in different forms, whether it is from modern or from ages hence poets, it can still bring across the same meanings.

Like Shakespeare what do you believe in.

Friday, October 15, 2010

This is our second poet of the month

I chose Willow-wisp as our second poet of this week, I have met her online and just by reading her poetry, I saw that this lady has got a strong poetic voice. Poetry isn't just about love, it's about so much more. In her work I felt the raw emotion, and feelings of pain that's leaking from her pen. She has been a part of the Sharepoetry site which is a sister to Allpoetry since April 24. She has written over 43 poems and got 575 comments.

The poem she chose for the interview, "Did She?"

Did she skip along beside you?
Or try to match your stride?
Did her small hand get lost in yours
as she walked by your side?
Did she sit upon your lap
and feel your warm embrace?
And see the love there in your eyes
as she looked up at your face.
Did she giggle when you tickled her?
And run and hide in glee.
Did you scoop her up in your arms
and hug her tenderly?
Did you brush her tousled hair
and tie it back in bows?
Or read to her a story
the way a Daddy only knows?
Did you comfort her when she fell?
And wipe away her tears.
And in the darkness of the night
dispel her childish fears.
Did she tell you that she loves you?
Did you say “I love you too?”
Did we have those times together?
Did I have those times with you?
On to the interview with Willow-Wisp.

1. Where are you from?
I am from England, was born in Kent but now live in Norfolk.
2. When and why did you begin writing?
The desire to start writing poetry cam about during my counselling sessions, I was finding it hard to open up so i began putting my feelings into writing which I showed to my counsellor, so I suppose you could say it was for therapy.
3. How do you come up with the title of your poems?
This particular poem spoke for itself really, seemed the obvious title.
4. What inspires you to write?
Because my poems are mainly about certain things, which have happened in my past, I would like to think that maybe they could help others who have been in a similar situation. That's my main inspiration, that and everyday surroundings. I'm often found with a note pad and pen in hand, making notes( even when watching TV) if a subject interest me, I'll write a poem about it.
5. Would you give us a short description about yourself?
I'm a daughter, sister, friend, mother, nanny , oh and last but not least a Poet!

If you'd like to see more of Willow-Wisp's work you can find it on Sharepoetry

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Echoes of My Soul Poetry Forum

As someone in search of sources to share my own writings, I have experimented with many online forums, groups, and people. I have been a member of Echoes for quite some time but am not as active there as I am on All Poetry because of proboards requirements, which are not the requirements of the Creator of Echoes herself.

When I emailed her and told her about my project (this blog) and my wish to do a review of Echoes and since her letter tells it all much better than I can her is her response

That is a great idea, I wish you much luck with your blog
I would be interested in having the site reviewed, but I would like to point out that Echoes does not cover those kinds of topics such as publication, tips, etc. We do have a Writer's Resources section where poets can find contests to enter and places to send their work for possible publication.
Echoes is mainly a post, share and general comments site. There are plenty of sites out there for those who want full criticism, but we not do that here at Echoes. I want the poet to feel free to post, share and have a fun time while they are at Echoes.
I have been writing poetry for over two decades, and publishing my poetry online for the past 6 or 7 years. I started Echoes back in 2003 because I had joined several other poetry sites and was immediately treated very harshly and was made to feel very uncomfortable and unwanted. And I said to myself, there has to be a better way to treat people, and i said to myself, a poetry site does not have to be and should not be so negative, so I decided to start Echoes.
I am happy to say that Echoes is going strong 7 years later, and I am very proud of it and of every member! Echoes has some very talented writers and I am so pleased and happy that they have decided to share their wonderful work with us!
I wanted to give the poet a place to post their poetry without harsh critique and give them a safe place to express their ideas without being ridiculed. To me there is room for every poet and for every level of poet, and I strongly believe that no one has the right to bash a poet.
It has been very successful on that level. We started out slow with just a few members and now we have over 300 members and I feel Echoes is still growing.
Echoes has remained a top site on many top poetry site listings for the past 7 years and I feel it is because of this approach. Many members and visitors seem to really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and like spending time at Echoes, but like any other site, there are those who do not like the loose atmosphere, so Echoes is not for every poet or for everyone.
Echoes also has several members who are not poets and they enjoy the other sections of Echoes such as the word games, entertainment and the general board where they can discuss current events and just about anything else they want.
So that is what I strive to do at Echoes, keep it fun, lighthearted and offer a sanctuary for poets to post their poetry in peace without fear of being bashed or ridiculed for their poetry. We do have an occasional challenge and contest to keep things interesting and we do offer places for the poet and article writer to submit their work for possible publication.
I forgot to mention that we give out the daily and weekly awards at Echoes to let the poets know that we deeply appreciate them being members and to recognize their magnificent talent. We also give out the awards to thank members for sharing their wonderful talent with us at Echoes.
When I asked her how she picked the poem of the month she replied:
I pick the poem of the month pretty much at random. I search various poetry sites such, Poetry Foundation and PoemHunter and read poems and when one grabs my attention I choose that poem for the month. I used to pick poems from Echoes members but for some reason I stopped doing that years ago but I must say your question has prompted me to pick the poem of the month for November from one of the members. I may or may not pick a member's poem every month but I think I will alternate from month to month between a member and a famous poet from now on.
It is s not easy to say what I look for in a poem, because poems vary on so many levels and style. I am a big fan of imagery and I love a poem that is written outside of the box and does not necessarily follow a specific form. I love poetry that takes risks and inspires the reader. For me a poem does not have to be picture perfect or polished, if it's edgy, original and it grabs my attention it is for me.
I love a poem that speaks to the reader with rich descriptions and a keen sense of detail and use of sound. A poem that leaps off the page and commands attention and one that thinks outside the box and goes beyond the boundaries are the kinds of poems I adore. For me, free verse poetry has every quality I look for in poetry, and it is my favorite type of poetry. I cherish the freedom free verse gives the poet. It is the type I write the most and the kind that grabs my attention the most. Free verse poetry ignites my senses and my soul and I believe it is the most popular form of poetry today. But I also love traditional poetry for its pure beauty and precision that takes special skills to create.
Theme is also important to me. I like poems that say something and that are deep in meaning. Poems that speak about emotions such as alienation, anger, love, beauty, pain, misery, nature, human nature and one that address social and political issues are the types of poems I am attracted to the most. I also like poetry that delves into darker edgy subjects such as homelessness, abuse and poverty.
Poetry that has sound, vivid imagery and tell a story churn inside my soul and make me take notice and take me on a beautiful journey that I will cherish for the rest of my years.

So if you're looking for a relaxed atmosphere and an easy going group then you'll feel quite at home at Echoes.

Just click here if you would like to visit, join and decide for yourself. Echoes of My Soul 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Poet In Training most popular this week on All Poetry

Well, today I was browsing all poetry's poems by most popular this week, and at the top of the list was a poet with the nickname Dalaney she's a woman from Georgia, she's also a teacher on allpoetry, and since she joined in August of 2006, she has a collection of 295 poems posted there.  Her most popular this week is "A Poem for Thought" with 102 comments, and 150 applause, (applause is All Poetry's rating system) everyone of her poems I've read I have enjoyed.  Her real name she has chosen to keep hidden but her author's name is L.A. Smith.

I interview her and she responded enthusiastically here's the interview..

1. When did you start writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poetry on and off for a very long time, but never took it seriously until I came to AP four years ago. When I began to read all of the wonderful writers here I knew I had to work really hard to reach their caliber. My influences were Mairi Bheag, A Prophet of 3, Ariosto II, Cinnarry, and Cricketjeff.
2. What's your favorite form of poetry?
I love to write free verse, but reading a beautiful sonnet always tingles my toes
3. Do you belong to any other poetry sites?
No - I’ve tried a few out, but none compare to AP
4. Where do you hail from?
Isle of Hope, which is a small coastal island near Savannah, Georgia
5. Who's your favorite poet of all time?
This is like asking me what my favorite book is! There are so many! I suppose Charles Bukowski and EE Cummings are my top two favorites, although I have a list a mile long 

Do you have any published works?

I've been published in poetry mags in England and Scotland 
7. Last question (you don't have to answer this one, if you don't want to) how old are you?

I am ageless 

She also wanted to add this to her story when I asked her if there was anything special she'd like to add in regards to what inspires her and she replied:
I am inspired by my surroundings, by the people I know and love and even dislike. I think I am a poet who concentrates more on the “every day” feelings we experience and less on the abstract. I like stories and I’ve been known to incorporate them into poetry - life stories always make good poetry 
I asked her to select a poem she'd like to share with us here so here is her favorite in all it's glory just as it was written.

Please Mistake Me For Something Beautiful
Mother is black skin
wrapped in purple and red and gold,
bare feet, thick soled,
she will never be a blonde bouffant
and this bothers Daughter,
disturbs her sleep, pushes her twenty steps ahead
of Mother on the street -
she wants a blue car with white seats
and a radio to snap to,
a house with no statues,
no crucifixes,
light that does not blind her too-wide eyes.
She wants a mother
who buys
ice cream with dark cherries,
and wears pink pretty slips beneath crisp skirts,
not one who pounds bread
with broad fists, who scales smelly fish
at the kitchen sink,
(oh, the stink of it)
a mother who will look out the window
that faces the faces
of other little girls in their thick-smoke world
and whisper in her ear -
you are the most beautiful.

© L.A. Smith, All rights reserved 

Check out "A Poem for Thought" and judge for yourself, if you don't have a membership there yet, now is the perfect time to do so.  There are many great poets, storywriters, teachers, and just people who have creative hearts to comfort your soul with beautiful words.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

All Poetry is the place to be

Do you like poetry? Do you want to learn to write yourself?  Do you write already?  Are you published or unpublished?  Want to get some input on your writings?  Well, All Poetry is the perfect place for a beginner, advanced poet to become involved with..

All Poetry one of many Social Design Sites created by web designer and poet in training Kevin Watt made the decision that social networking for creative artists of many genre was needed.  And for those who love poetry of all ages can join AllPoetry for free, many members do support the site in exchange for extra features.

One extra feature is rich text editing and custom backgrounds for supporting members.

There are over 100,000 members and growing with over 1.5 million poems of every genre imaginable.  If you like to read poetry, I'm sure you'll find some favorites to relate to.

Free Memberships do require some for each poem you post you're required to comment on 4 others poems.

But you'll also receive points for commenting, and can earn a week's of premium membership.  So there is potential for a free week every once in awhile.

Then there are Groups you can join, plus do you want to learn how to do haiku, shape poetry, create backgrounds, again AllPoetry has members who offer classes to teach you just about any type of poetry you're interested in learning.

Teachers, do you have students who show promise, direct them to to get their creative juices going.  They can enter contests, win points, earn awards, join a group of like minded artists.  There is so much available on All Poetry that this list is nearly endless.

If you're interested in more in depth assistance on your work, the sister site Share Poetry is the place for you, but good news, you only have to join once, each site uses the same membership information.

The only con I can think of regarding all of the sites available through Social Design is that your premium membership doesn't carry from one site to the other.  But perhaps that might be a consideration in the future, because many members are asking for this or a least a reduced fee for the other sites if you already support one of them monetarily.

Enough from me, make up your own minds.  Visit and decide for yourself.  Already a member?  Post your own review here~

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