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Proposal - The Lab - encouraging critiques/comments

We'd like to thank the community for the wide ranging discussion on our prior proposal. We'd like to submit a new proposal after extensive debate within the AC -- we believe this takes into account much of the feedback that was received.

We are proposing to create a new category of poem called The Lab. Poems in The Lab will still show up in The Stream and elsewhere, however they will be specially marked and visible. Submission to The Lab will be limited in several ways.

The detail of the proposal, and an opportunity for discussing this further, is available in the forum:

The forum discussion will be open through June 29th.

We are attempting to make everyone's experience on the site more personally gratifying. The AC is proposing changing Neopoet so that, before posting a new poem, a member must make three comments on other member's stream & workshop posts. This will guarantee more comments on other posts and, we believe, improve the user experience.

One "credit" will be awarded for a new comment of any length on a stream or workshop poem (except for your own). For simplicity, no "credits" will be awarded for prior comments before this initiative.
Three "credits" will be spent to post a poem (in the stream or in a workshop)
New members, and all existing members as of the start of this initiative, will be granted a certain number of "credits" - initially, we are proposing enough to allow two poems to be posted.
"Credits" expire after 30 days
One can check their own balance, but only trustees & advocates can check the balance and transactions for other members
"Credits" are only awarded to comments at least at the 25% percentile in terms of size (based on our analysis of almost 200k comments, that's 16 words or longer).

We welcome the opportunity for everyone to voice their opinions and will take community feedback into consideration before drafting a final proposal.

Following the precedent set during the "one poem per day" initiative, we will then submit this proposal to the community for a referendum.

Forum thread:

Election Results

We would like to cordially welcome the new members of the 24th Administrative Council:

themoonman, AC Chair

And, in alphabetical order:


Please join us in congratulating the new AC and wishing them the best for the upcoming term.

AC election: reminder

The AC election ballot closes on April 20th at 5 pm Eastern.

More information & a link to the ballot:

AC Election: Announcement (April 2018)

Update: reminder that voting closes on April 20th at 5 pm Eastern time

Our election will begin in the evening on Wednesday, April 4, with the following individuals on the ballot:

Jannatul Annika Hoque

*Would not serve as chair

The election will continue until Friday, April 20th (5 pm Eastern Time).

You may view the voting guide (and candidates may update their responses) here:


Open Nomination Period

We invite you to continue to share reflections on the passing of our treasured member, Lonnie:

At the same time, the open nomination period for the next Administrative Council is underway:

Nominate yourself or any other member for the AC at:

Nominations are accepted until midnight, March 16th.

We expect the election will follow approximately one week after the close of the nomination period.

In Rememberance of Lonnie

It is with a heavy heart and grief we must inform the members of of the loss of one of our family members, and most brilliant poets, Lon Robert Bruso- Lonnie.
For those that didn’t know Lonnie he was, in his own words-
“Vietnam Vet / Hippie / Mountain Man. Outspoken yet reclusive, un-politically correct, will defend to the death things that I believe in. I love to write poetry and songs, sing, fish and watch old westerns. If I had my druthers I'd probably live 15 miles from Bigfoot's last known whereabouts!”

Esker Memorial Month

Esker, in the world of Neopoet his gifts were not his poetry alone but the thoughtful, sensitive and meaningful feedback he gave to his brother and sister poets.

We can all share the pain and loss of his passing, gratitude for his gifts to us as a man and poet and a celebration of his life and works. Let us know which of his works or feedback  you would like to see highlighted-
Some words from a newer member, Captain
I first read his words and
I thought it was a trick
No one could say that kind of stuff off the cuff
He knew me instantly
He saw right through the digital pages
And reached back to give me a pat on the back
I felt it
And it was warm and true
And kind
And wise
And I wondered about the man on the other end
Of my digital call out
Reading the letters of my avatar name
What were his days like?
Was the sun shining for him?
I sure hoped so
….Thanks for bothering
Esker, wherever you are

Active Workshops-
    Splash Pool: Poets of West Africa in English
   Wading Pool: Collaborative Poetry for Beginners
   Splash Pool: Poets first poems
   The Stream- all poems.

    Memories of Holidays Past
    November contest : Naked trees
    Little Red Wagon

The "find a workshop" tool provides a more comprehensive list of workshops

The "find a contest" tool provides a more comprehensive list of contests

Poets of West Africa in English

This page is just the site news notification. The workshop is at

Leader: Eumolpus
Moderator(s): Choiri, Drey Hommies

Objectives: Workshop study group: 2 weeks on Wole Soyinka, the most revered poet in the region.

Spend 2 weeks on other popular poets past and present in the region.

Spend 2 weeks in discussion of trends, influence of politics, accent and grammar issues, and publishing possibilities.

Spend last two weeks with participants from the region offering poems about West africa, their specific country, and culture.

Edit AA - further comments are closed as of December 19, 2017

June Contest 2017

Historical Figures
Sponsors: scribbler and Geezer
Status: Open to new participants
Start/end date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 to Thursday, July 27, 2017
Description: A free verse poem not to exceed 28 lines (not counting stanza breaks) about somebody who changed history

Judge(s): anonymous
Objectives: to have fun and stretch wings
Subject matter:Historical figures

Paul, AC Chair
Keith Logan


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