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I'm away from Neopoet

I'm off Neopoet for three months. This is something I volunteered for because I really need it to get my head right, a kind of sabbatical; I haven't had a break, except when the site was down, for 12 years and my work for Neopoet has suffered. I've been talking about this for a while but because I'm so passionate about the place, frankly addicted, I haven't been able to do it, so I asked for help.
So I won't be posting on Neopoet.com Facebook either.

Put your poetry on YouTube.

It is very useful for your own craft to hear your poetry read aloud in another voice and I'm happy to do readings or post your own readings on our SoundCloud page.

Primal Poetic scream!

(or chant or whisper or whimper)

We're up! I have never been so excited about running a workshop as this. I'm hoping to share with you the process that has lead to some of the greatest poetry ever not written. Yes, not written, primal poets were doing this before the written word was invented.

Join us at
https://www.neopoet.com/workshop/primal-poetry

Starting soon in the series of creating poetic history that Geezer and I have been developing we will start before the written word. You will be able to produce the beauty and art that the Neanderthals could not repdroduce.

We are not going backwards, we will be creating truly original work, untethered to poetic convention.

Impossible? Join and see Primal Poetry.
Staerting date will be announced soon.

 

Coming soon. 'Primal Poetry'

The most dangerous, challenging and potentially rewarding workshop you will ever be offered.

This blog is just a teaser but do tell me, what do you think I might be offering?

Help yourself become a better poet...

What you feel as a poet, reading poetry, counts. So tell us. I have heard members say they don't feel qualified to give critique because they don't know much about poetry.

Some of the best critique I have ever received is from people who just tell me what they felt when they read the poem. You do not need to know anything about structure and form. You need to be a poet with the generosity of spirit to tell what you feel to another poet.

New members! Tell us what you feel. It helps you.

You may feel unqualified to comment on poetry but what you feel counts.

What you feel as a poet, reading poetry, counts. So tell us. I have heard members say they don't feel qualified to give critique because they don't know much about poetry.

Some of the best critique I have ever received is from people who just tell me what they felt when they read the poem. You do not need to know anything about structure and form. You need to be a poet with the generosity of spirit to tell what you feel to another poet.

Do you ever hate being a poet?

Sometimes my poems come fully formed into my mind and I just have to perform the brainless task of typing them out.
They are the second best ones.

The third best ones are where I get an idea and construct a poem around it. They're not always very bad.

The best ones start as something niggling at the back of my head and gestate like that thing from "Alien" and burst out of my head instead of my chest, leaving a unfillable hole of despair and depression. I sometimes fucking hate being a poet but there are few other choices for a lazy bastard like myself.

Cellar Door- an intriguing and quick workshop

Description: The phrase 'cellar door' is purportedly the most euphonious phrase in the English language. This will be a super quicky workshop starting immediately. Just write a short poem including that phrase or variations thereof with the emphasis on pleasing sounding English.

Leaders: Jess (weirdelf) and Guy (Geezer)

Attention new members!

We've had quite a lot of new members lately and I address this mostly to you. I've been going through the 'Undiscovered Poems' list, poems that have received no feedback. I've also been checking the statistics on people who post a few poems and don't return. We care a lot about Neopoet and want it to be a friendly and helpful place.

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