Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Day 30 of NPM Project

Its here! Our very last entry in Poets Who Blog's First Annual Celebration of Words to honor National Poetry Month Project. Next year I promise to be more organized with this whole event. I hope that all the poets who took part come back for the Second Annual event, and that even more of you consider taking part.

For the last day, I have found a poem by one of the talented poets on our blogroll.

Click here to read Desert of My Heart By Fenny.

Fenny lives in Groningen, Netherlands. She has been posting poetry and art at Fenny's Bla Bla Blog since 2005.

Thank you, Fenny, for being a part of PWB. And a huge thank you to every poet who shared their work this month. A special hug for you if you followed the link and commented on another poet's work. You make this site a valuable asset for all poets who our on our list. Thank you for keeping this community alive.

Your Blog Manager,

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Day Twenty Nine of NPM Project

Hello poets and friends. If you think you sent in a poem to be used in this project and it has not been featured, please email me at IlovetowriteSMP at yahoo dot com.By cruising our blogroll I stumbled upon a poem to share with you today.

Click here to read Wide Open to the World by Sandy Carlson.

Sandy Carlson posts at Writing in Faith: Poems and is the author of several poetry collections. You can find details and read excepts by clicking here.

Thanks, Sandy, for being a member of PWB.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Day Twenty Eight of our NPM Project

We are nearly at the end of our project to honor National Poetry Month. Its been a pleasure to offer new poems to you each day. I found the one that is featured today on Poems by Corinne Elizabeth.

Click here to read Hold My Bones by Corinne Elizabeth.

Corinne Elizabeth holds a masters degree in English from St.John's University in NYC. She currently works for Celebrate With Style.

Thank you, Corinne, for sharing your poetry with PWB.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Day Twenty Seven of the National Poetry Month

Hello, poets, it is my privilege to bring you another entry in our Celebration of Words project.

Click here to read Aphrodite Abandoned by Lirone.

Lirone is blogging anonymously so that she has the freedom to express some personal thoughts on living, loving, writing, singing and other things that are important to her. And she´s very much enjoying writing poetry again having been away from it far too long!

Thank you, Lirone, for sharing your talents with PWB.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Day Twenty Six of NPM Project

Its nearly the end of our Celebration of Words. I've truly enjoyed being able to highlight the work of so many poets who blog. Today I bring you the work of Ralph Murre.

Click here to read No Direction by Ralph Murre.

Ralph Murre is the author of two poetry books. The latest is titled Psalms and published through Little Eagle Press. If you think you might like to order a copy of Psalms, send an email to for further information.

Thank you, Ralph, for sharing your work with PWB.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Day Twenty Five of our NPM Project

Another beautiful day in the world and another chance to read the work of one of our poets.

Click here to read Orange's Lament by The Poet.

Some say his haikus have made goldfish weep and that he was the first to impregnate a pause...all we know is, he's called The Poet.

Thank you, The Poet, for sharing your work with PWB.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Day Twenty Four of NPM Project

Today I get the chance to share with you a poem I asked the poet to allow to be linked to. I enjoyed it and hope you do to.

Click here to read So You Want To Be a Poet by Scot

Scot posts at Be Not Inhospitable to Strangers. He was previously published inSketchbook II.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Fiction too?

If you post fiction at your blog, then visit Poets Who Blog's sister site and find out how to become a featured writer there.

Click here to visit the recently launched Writers Who Blog.

Day Twenty Three of NPM Project

I'm thrilled to be able to share with you the talented creation of another poet from our blogroll today.

Click here to read A Matter of Course by Ren Katherine Powell.

Renkat blogging at Sidestepping Real hopes you will take a look at "A Matter of Course", from her second book, MIXED STATES. Renkat hasn't been blogging long, hasn't been blogging consistently, but makes an effort between bouts of serious insecurity. Links to online work and clips are on her website,

Ren Katherine Powell is also editor of Babel Fruit.

To all other poets, if you sent me in an entry for this project but have not yet been featured you may want to resend your information to, to insure you are included before May 1st.

Thank you, Ren Katherine, for participating in our celebration of words.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Rock the Vote

The polls have opened for this years 2008 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, an award hosted by Billy the Blogging Poet.

Poets Who Blog is very proud to be able to say that several of the poets who have been nominated are members here.

Click here to read the ballot and cast your vote.

Day Twenty Two of NPM Project

Today I chose to feature the work of the newest member of PWB.

Click here to read PoemFlesh CIV by Cynthia.

Cynthia is attempting to post a poem a day at Epiphany from January 6, 2008 to January 6,
2009.This New York Poet considers herself an obsessive bibliophile.

Thank you, Cynthia, for joining us at PWB.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Day Twenty One of NPM Project

Good day, poets! We're lucky enough to be able to read the work of the poet advocate who runs Poetmeister 4 Poets!

Click here to read Word-Worlds by Janet Leigh.

Snuggled in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge mountains, wordsmith Janet Leigh, apprentice in free verse & word play, enthusiastic denizen of Poets Who Blog, Poetmeister 4 Poets! and Otherworldly spheres.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Day Twenty of NPM Project

Hello poets! We're entering the home stretch of our Celebration of Words now. Its been a wonderful ride so far. Today I'm happy to be able to share with you a poem by Deborah Vatcher.

Click here to visit Snake's Poetry and read Grandpa's Problem.

Snake’s Poetry is an odd basement blog stashed with poems written by Deborah Vatcher.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Patchwork Poetry

Want to come play with poems? Why not check out Patchwork Poetry today? Its actually helped me to expand the way I think about poetry. It uses the more logical side of your brain when you write a cento, I think. I feel like a poetic engineer!

Happy Birthday, Noah!

PWB would like to send birthday well wishes to Noah, a PWB member who posts at Noah the Great. Leave your best wishes and thoughts for him in the comments section. To honor him, I post a poem he submitted.

XIV. Composition

My poetry
will set me free,
through words and lines
and many signs

that life’s worth it
and not to quit,
though, I struggle,
they do snuggle

around my soul,
show me my role
of writing lies
with a surprise,

the truth within
and cut off skin,
then, dipped in ink
poured in a sink,

and, swirled around
till meaning’s found,
and, I will move
and will improve.

By Noah the Great, all rights retained by the poet.

Day Nineteen of NPM

Hello poets! Today PWB is pleased to be able to share with you a poem from Noah.

Click here to read Boy and Swan by Noah.

Noah writes quite a bit of poetry. Recently, he took on the big project of writing his life through verse up to the age of 25. As he is only eighteen some of it is fiction.

Thank you, Noah, for taking part in this project.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Day Eighteen of NPM Project

Another lovely day in April and we are blessed here at PWB with the gift once again of poetry.

Click here to read Mermaid by Sharanya Manivannan.

Sharanya Manivannan's first book of poems, Witchcraft, will be out this year. Some of her spoken word recordings can be heard at Her Circle Ezine.

Thank you, Sharanya, for taking part in this project.

A Talk with Robert Pinsky

Today Slate posted an question and answer session with former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. To answer each question, Mr. Pinksy sites an example by naming a poem, which the online magazine has reprinted within the article.

Click here to read Why Don't Modern Poets Rhyme, etc? Frequently Asked Questions about the Business of Verse.

Blogsboro Poetry Club Poets

If you are a member of the Blogsboro Poetry Club then you already know it is a great way to get your work out for more readers to find. But when I first started posting there I could not figure out how to align left my poems in a post.

I notice some poets are still struggling with that there. You need to align left EVERY line. If you are having trouble making it align left, which I surely did when I started posting there, here is the code you need to use

div align="left">this is where the poem goes /div>

Now before the div align and before the word div add <

The easiest way to left align every line is to, first of all, write out your poem in the post.

Click over to compose mode.

Drag your mouse over one line of text to hightlight it.

Click on Align left. ( You find that after Font, Font Size, bold, italicize, Color, link, Align Left, align center, align right, justify full.)

Repeat the same process for every line in the poem. Click over to Edit HTML and make sure your code is right.

Just thought I would mention that in case any poet is unsure about it can see the solution. Just remember you have to align every line.

Happy posting! And thank you to Billy the Blogging Poet for starting the

Blogsboro Poetry Club.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Day Seventeen of NPM Project

Hello, fellow poets and friends. Thanks for stopping by again to check out another entry in our National Poetry Month Project.

We are starting to run low on entries to this project. If you signed up, please send in your three line bio and link to a poem. I still have more entries but not enough to finish out the month.

Today we will have a poem picked by me from a poet on our blogroll. Hopefully this poet won't mind helping PWB celebrate National Poetry Month.

Click here to read today's poem.

Brian lives in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been blogging his poetry at Brief Poems since May 2, 2007. You can also find his work at Bside Poetry.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Day Sixteen of NPM Project

The poet who shares his talents with us today is someone who works tirelessy as an advocate of poetry bloggers. His efforts help to spread the word about many other poets and keep poetry alive in the blogosphere. Before there was even a thought of PWB, there was Billy the Blogging Poet.

Click here to read
Would You Understand? by Billy the Blogging Poet.

Billy Jones is a founding partner in the creative arts blog network,, the author of 4 published books, the most recent being, Reindeer Tales, published by

Billy is also currently taking nominations for this year's Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. You only have till April 20th if you want to submit a name.

Thank you, Billy, for all you do for poetry and taking time out to help with this project.

To all other poets here, if you signed up for the NPM project did you send in your poem? Send it to as soon as possible, if you still want to take part.

The Poetry Super Highway

The Poetry Super Highway has an amazing project going on that will culminate on May 1st with many poetry ebooks being available for free download for twenty four hours to anyone interested in reading them.

Do you have a poetry e-book you'd like to share with the world?

To read more about The Great Poetry E-Book Free For All click here to visit the Poetry Super Highway.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Blog Reader Appreciation Day

Will you be celebrating Blog Reader Appreciation Day on April 16th? From what I understand the idea was born at The Other Mother Blog. You can choose anyway you want to let your readers know how much they mean to you.

Day Fifteen of NPM Project

Today the publisher of Word Cataylst Magazine has been gracious enough to share her work with PWB.

Click here to read Taking Chances by Shirley Allard.

A New Hampshire native, Shirley Allard posts her poetry at Whispers in the
Wind. Shirley has been blogging for several years and is the publisher and editor of Word Catalyst, an online literary magazine.

Comments or questions :
Short Stories/Fiction:
All Other Submissions :
Technical Issues:

Thank you, Shirley, for helping us to honor National Poetry Month.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Poetry Podcast

Visit this site to check out poetry podcasts you can listen to.

Some episodes currently available:

Sex and the Single Poet by Patricia Carragon
This Poet Wears Prada/Camparsa -Words by Roxanne Hoffman/Music by Kevin MacLeod
Kvetching to the Lord in South Jamaica by Sheryl H. Simler
Something is Burning in Brooklyn by Linda Lerner

Click here to visit GCast

Day Fourteen of NPM Project

Today's poem comes from UL from Typing Away. She introduces herself to all of us at PWB by saying:

My first name is my mom's name
My middle name is no name
My surname is my real name
UL is my keypad name

Been blogging since mid-2006, writing has been a passion forever. Been scribbling this and that, here and there for so long, I can't remember exactly when it began. I am currently in the United States, although I have hopped continents over the years. The following poem describes my roots like no other.

Click here to check out Rise and Shine by UL.

Thank you, UL, for taking part in our NPM project.

Poems About Poems

Check out these limericks and haikus that are based on the prompt: poems about writing.

Click here to visit Mad Kane's Humor Blog.

Day Thirteen of NPM Project

Spending this month immersed in poetry is a lovely thing, don't you think? I hope we can make this an annual event at PWB.

Today the talented poetess from My Poetic Path has generously shared her worked with all of us.

Click here to read The Dollhouse by Geraldine Hartman.

After a long hiatus, Geraldine Hartman was inspired to return to writing poetry after participating in a recent Clarity of Night writing contest. Geraldine is a freelance writer, cookbook author and artisan currently living in B.C. Canada.

Her poem, The Dollhouse, explores the continued dreams and aspirations of the little girl captured inside every woman.

Thank you, Geraldine, for helping PWB to honor NPM.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Poetry Rolodex

Below is a listing of the people who own poetry websites, ezines and poetry communities online. This list will be updated as need be. Alphabetized by first name.

Alan Fox- editor-in-chief of Rattle.

Andree co-founder of One Single Impression, a haiku prompt site.

B A De Oliveira associate editor of prose at Babel Fruit.

Billy the Blogging Poet- creator of The Blogsboro Poetry Club. Also owns the Network.

Bone runs Three Word Wednesday, a prompt site for fiction and/or poetry.

Carolee co-founder of The Fertile Ground. and poem.

Cati Porter- associate editor of poetry at Babel Fruit and founding editor of Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry.

Christine Klocek-Lim- editor of Autumn Sky Poetry.

Deb currently in charge over at Read Write Poem.

Donna Allred- the founder of Poets and Writers Registry, a global community.

Gina Smith - the ZNE verses moderator at at ZNE Art and Poetry.

Janet Leigh runs Poetmeister 4 Poets.

Jessica Fox-Wilson is one of the editors of Asphlat Sky.

Jilly Poet- co-founder of The Fertile Ground. and poem. Also runs Patchwork Poetry.

Jo Hemmant is one of the editors of Asphlat Sky.

Kate is one of the editors of Asphlat Sky and she also runs the blog Wednesday Machine Arts Collective.

Jodi Barone is the group moderator at ZNE Art and Poetry, a mixed media group for artists and poets.

John Powers publisher of Got

Juliet Wilson -editor of Bolts of Silk.

Madeline Begun Kane from Mad Kane's Humor Blog, which often posts limerick and haiku prompts.

Michelle Johnson runs Poefusion.

Mike McCulley- co-host at Totally Optional Prompts.

Ren Katherine Powell- editor of Babel Fruit.

Rick Lupert- webmaster at Poetry Super Highway.

Robert Lee Brewer columinist for Poetic Asides, the Writer's Digest poetry site.

Rob Kistner- runs The Writer's Island, a prompt site.

Sandy Carlson One Single Impression , a haiku prompt site.

Sara Pufahl- manager of Writers Who Blog and Poets Who Blog, two link exchange sites.

Shirley Whiting Allard publisher of Word Catalyst Magazine.

Susan Culver runs Poetry Friends.

Tiel Aisha Ansari co-host at Totally Optional Prompts.

Timothy Green- current editor of Rattle.

Click on The Poetry Rolodex on the blogroll at PWB, under About Poetry, to find a link to this list in the future.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Have you checked out this unique poetry blog that uses refridgerator magnets to make poems? Stop on in and tell the poet Poets Who Blog sent me.

Day Twelve of NPM Project

Our Celebration of Words Project, to honor National Poetry Month, is motoring along at full steam now. Jump on this the train as it heads to a fantastic new stop, filled with what we love to adore and treasure- poem after beautiful poem.

Click here to read Beckoning by Qualcosa di Bello

Qualcosa di Bello (debbie) has been having fun with poetry since she was a child...writing on napkins & paper scraps & in journals for years. Last summer she finally gathered the written remnants, began to organize them & started a blog~~ which is a mix of stuff old & new. She writes & has fun with her digital camera at her 4 with life anecdotes, one for her dogs, one for the & one with photography,...Write Away, which features her offering for National Poetry Month.

Thanks, Debbie, for sharing your work with PWB.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Please support the Featured Poets of the Week. You are the fuel that drives PWB.

Day Eleven of NPM Project

I've been loving this chance to link to poetry everyday. Thank you to everyone who is taking the time to check out the poems submitted. Everytime you leave a comment you help to encourage the spread of poetry across the blogosphere and into the world.

Today we feature the work of southern poet Mark Folse.

Click here to read Consider the Crocus by Mark Folse.

Mark Folse writes poetry and posts to his blog Toulouse Street-Odd Bits of Life in New Orleans. A former journalist turned political speechwriter, computer system analyst and project manager, he returned to writing poetry and prose in response to the tragedy of the Federal Flood and to chronicle the rebirth of his city.He will shortly publish a collection of his prose from his (retired) blog on Katrina and New Orleans, Wet Bank Guide.

Thank you, Mark, for sharing your work with PWB.

War Poetry Contest

Winning Writers is holding a contest for the best poem on the theme of war. You can submit 1-3 unpublished poems, up to 500 lines in total.

The deadline is 5/31/08.

For all the details click here.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Day Ten of NPM Project

It's a beautiful thing to be able to read poetry everyday, isn't it?

Click here to cruise on over to the blog Monkeyboy to read Fools by Jack.

Jack is a transplant from everywhere to the southwestern US who is shamelessly using NaPoWriMo as an excuse to post poetry without letting his internal editor second-guess everything.

Thank you, Jack, for taking part in our project.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Congrats, Robert Haas and Phillip Schultz!

PWB sends our congratulations to poet Robert Haas who has just won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Time and Materials. This former poet laureate is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He's the co-founder of River of Words, a non-profit organization that works to promote environmental and arts education.

Robert Haas was interviewed this week by Sierra Club Radio. To listen to him read selected poems from Time and Materials, plus hear his thoughts on the relationship between the environment and language then click here.

Poets Who Blog thanks the Sierra Club for honoring National Poetry Month by using their forum to highlight this talented and award winning poets work.

Mr. Haas will share this award with Phillip Schultz, who won for his collection of poetry titled Failure.

Day Nine of NPM Project

NPM is really off to a fantastic start here at Poets Who Blog. I've been enjoying visiting all the different sites. Make sure you take a moment to honor our love of poetry by crusing on by the sites of all the generous poets who have shared their work with us. Today PWB is thrilled to share with you a poem from Jeff.

Jeff, a Cincinnati poet whose "Poetry from The Phantom" blog can be found at Poets Who Blog, started writing poetry again last December after a long break. He would like to share the poem that ended his dry spell.

Click here to read Kasmira (4 Dec 2007).

Thank you, Jeff, for helping PWB to honor poetry this month.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The 77th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition is now accepting submissions in the categories of rhyming poetry and non-rhyming poetry. The deadline to submit is May 15th, 2008. Click here for guidelines.

Day Eight of NPM Project

Our Celebration of Words for National Poetry Month is the gift that just keeps giving. Today, poets and friends, we are graced with the chance to read a poem submitted from Bob Hazelton.

Click here to read Bracketed by Bob Hazelton.

Bob Hazelton a.k.a. Average Poet has been writing down thoughts and stories since he was a kid. Addicted to books at an early age, words became his one escape in a world that seldom showed any mercy. He has never been published except for a few magazines years ago, but is a monthly contributor to Word Catalyst Magazine and his blog Average Poet. His poetry also appears on various websites and can be found with search engines.

Thank you, Bob, for sharing your talents with PWB.
Just found a great poetry resource, Poet Hound. To check out her advice about peserverance when submmiting your work, click here.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Day Seven of NPM Project

I feel honored to be able to share with all of you today's poem by Jodi Herman. This prolific poet has gone out of her way to always show support and love for PWB. For that, and for the poetry she graces this world with, I want to take this chance to say thank you.

Click here to read The Bones by Jodi Herman.

Most of you will know jodi herman better by the name paisley, the pen name that she uses on her blogs, ...why paisley??? and just paisley.... jodi is a forty something single female who lives in northern california with her two canine "loves in fur coats" ky and moo.. she has written poetry since her teens, but has really only been focusing the majority of creative her efforts on poetry since july of 2007...

To read more of Jodi's work, check out:
The Ink Pot
Pearls Before Swine

Thank you, Jodi, for sharing your poem with us.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Poetic Asides

The Writer's Digest affliated blog Poetic Asides has now been added to our blogroll under About Poetry. They are doing a prompt a day for the month of April.

Click here if you would like to visit Poetic Asides.

Day Six of the NPM Project

Today, fellow poets and friends, we are lucky enough to get to enjoy the work of Lissa from Just Writing Words.

New York girl Lissa, with a head full of words but in no way able to bring them out until she discovered blogging, has been writing since 2006 but only recently found her skill as a sometimes good, sometimes bad writer of fiction and all forms of poetry that she dares to try even if they turn out to be disasters that no one can decipher, not even her. She present to you her favorite piece of writing (at least for the moment) - Pieces of You.

Click here to read Pieces of You by Lissa.

Thank you, Lissa, for sharing your work with PWB.

Day Five of NPM Project

Just five days in and we've already read some great poetry. Now I get to share with you a new talent Today's poem is Glamour by Maya.

Maya is 16 years old and lives in Bombay, India. She has been blogging for just over a year now and is dying for feedback and criticism of any kind!!

Thanks, Maya, for being a part of PWB.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Want to Join a New Social Community for Poets?

Donna Allard(AcadianRose)has started Poets and Writers Registry, a social network.

Check it out by clicking here.

If you are interested in joining email me at with the words Poets and Writers Registry in the subject line and I will send you an invite.

Day Four of NPM Project

Click here to read Dandelion Dreams by Melanie Bishop from Beloved Dreamer.

Melanie Bishop lives in the NY area a.ka. on the Island.

She's a poet and an artist who loves to read. She loves the feel, the smell and the ownership of books. She has a BFA in art but poetry is her first love. Her favorite poet is William Carlos Williams.

Thanks, Melanie, for sharing your work with PWB.

Cinematic Inspiration?

The Writer's Island has a new addition to its weekly prompt post that you might want to check out. Its the Matinee Muse. It's a prompt that is based on the latest movie released in US theaters.

Click here to visit our friends at Writer's Island, a fantastic place to meet new poets and find inspiration from your work.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Vote on the Blogger Laureate of 2008

Who is the best poetry blogger online?

Make your voice heard by nominating whoever you consider the most talented poetry blogger you know.

On April 30th Billy the Blogging Poet will announce the 2008 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. You only have til April 20th if you want to nominate someone.

Click here to read more about the rules and to make your nomination.

This will be the fourth year of this award. In years past the winners were Amy King, Ron Silliman and Jilly Dybka. Will you help to choose the winner this year?

If you really love the idea of this award then please spread the word about it.

Day Three of the NPM Project

On the third day of our Celebration of Words Poets Who Blog is proud to showcase the work of Scott the Poet from Poetic Leanings.

Scott the Poet has been blogging since 2004. He occasionally performs in his neck of the woods, which is along the Jersey shore, so less woods, more sandy beach. Today he offers the poem "Grand Canyon," written based on a May 2007 visit.

Click here to read Grand Canyon.

Thank you, Scott, for being a part of our National Poetry Month Project.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Day Two of the NPM Project

Today I'm thrilled to be able to share with you the work of Pamela Olson from Amputated Moon. The poem she offers is Sunset.

A West Coast native transplanted to the deep south, Pamela Olson has been blogging for about 3 months but writing poetry for years (won't say just how long)!

Thank you, Pamela, for taking part in our Celebration of Words.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Do you read The Blogsboro Poetry Club? If you did, not only would you find links to a variety of different poets latest works you'd also have read the post announcing the great news that the April issue of Word Catalyst Magazine is now up on their site.

Click here to visit Blogsboro Poetry Club.

Day One of the NPM Project

Welcome to Poets Who Blog's Celebration of Words Project in honor of National Poetry Month.

Today kicks off our daily homage to this craft we love. We start off this exciting month with My Date With Jackson Pollack which you can read at Laurie Macfayden’s Webprint.

Laurie MacFayden has lived in Edmonton, Alberta, since 1984.
She used to read the sports pages; now she reads with the Raving Poets. If she's not pushing words around the page, she's throwing paint at a canvas and wishing she was in Paris.

Thanks, Laurie, for taking part.