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GotPoetry? Join the GotPoetry Team of Columnists!
Posted by LostInTranslation2 on Saturday, September 27, 2014 (04:52:06)

Opportunity: The GotPoetry staff is looking for creative writers and journalists that think they have what it takes to join the GP Columnists team!

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GotPoetry? What's In Store for GotPoetry?
Posted by LostInTranslation2 on Sunday, December 28, 2014 (16:12:20)

Greetings!

It has been long overdue since an update has been published and for this I apologize. The transition of ownership and production has been anything but smooth over these last few months. However, I am confident that we are finally at a point that 2015 will be smooth sailing!

First thing is first, I have been getting a lot of feedback over the structure (or lack thereof) that has been showcased from myself and the Curators. I will be working with those who have been assigned as Curators over the next few weeks to ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities and the resources available to them in order to maintain the consistency the community needs right now! In the meantime, all updates and community related information will only be posted in the News sections of the site to ensure that all members are aware of the ins and outs, moving forward. The Clubs & Workshops should only be used for discussion and workshop related matters. Of course, we will post various events and informational content in certain sections such as The Coffee Shop, however, this will be for support only.

A few things that we would like to address moving into the new year - First and foremost - I truly want to thank all of you for your continued patience and support throughout these last few months. I know it has been quite frustrating and some of our members are at the end of their rope. While there are several reasons for the delay in production, the main obstacle we have been facing is the condition of the community backend. There are several discrepancies from the technical end of the community that has held us back in transferring the database to a more stable server and correcting the issues to certain sections such as the slams and homepage. We have moved 75% of the community to a safer, faster and more functional server which has taken care of issues such as lagging, IE delays and for many of our members the faulty login screen.

Moving forward, we will be working on the changes to the homepage, the proper implementation of the membership tiers, as well as eliminating the broken links currently present throughout the site. All members that have already enrolled in the new tier membership programs have been given a 6 six month gratis in addition to their paid membership. If you have not received an email confirming this gratis, please send a private message to either myself or the Staff account.

A few things that we would like to focus on in the next few months:

Poetry Submissions - To ensure that all rankings are accurate and poems submitted into the slams are consistent, please be sure to review ALL of the poetry categories before submitting your pieces. Curators and Admins that are approving poems have been moving pieces from the General Poetry category into more suitable categories. While some pieces rightfully belong in the general category, some submissions are better suited elsewhere and could potentially receive more exposure and rankings accordingly. We urge paid members to keep this in mind as your poetry submissions do not require approval before being published.

Ratings We have noticed a decent amount of poems being rated, however there are still members that are maliciously submitting negative or low ratings as retaliation against other members. Please keep in mind that this not only violates the member agreement of the community but will result in your profile being suspended. Constructive criticism is encouraged throughout the community - it is how we all grow and evolve as writers, however, purposely dropping the ranking of a member will not be tolerated. If you do not or cannot accept negative feedback on your published pieces, please do not publish them here. We are all here to help each other as well as gain exposure to our talent. Fee free to post in the workshops if you would like help with your piece before it is eligible for ranking.

News & Article Submissions Over the last month or so, we have been working on cleaning up the existing RSS feeds that trickle into the News Topics. While this process has been slower than anticipated, we encourage members to submit their suggestions to relevant and valuable content that they would like to see added to the community. You will begin to notice some of the current topics "disappear", such content will be moved to the Archive section for your convenience but will no longer be available for new submissions.

Anthologies GotPoetry Anthologies will be published on a quarterly basis for 2015. There may be a few extra anthologies published in honor of contests and Live Slam winners as well. Information regarding these publications will be published in both the GotPoetry News section and The Coffee Shop workshop. All members are welcome and encouraged to nominate poems and poets for any anthology.

Live Poetry Slams Live events have been established in the Long Island, NY area as well as parts of Brooklyn, NY and Jersey City, NJ. If you would like to help set up live events in your area, please contact myself or the Staff account with your ideas and suggestions. Live events are held at local coffee shops, lounges or studios on a weekly basis. For more information, please contact me or browse the information posted in The Coffee Shop and GotPoetry Live news sections.




Again, I thank everyone for being a part of the community and for your patience in the transition. Sincerest apologies for my lack of presence over the last month or so as I work on the backend of things for the new year!

Happy Holidays everyone!


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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: Christopher Schmitz
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (04:58:43)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 5, July 29, 2014.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for July 2014
Posted by mamta on Sunday, July 20, 2014 (17:51:14)

Spiritual awakening, esoteric traditions and raising of energy and consciousness in the body have been topics that have always fascinated me. The first pick for this month from wordsmithwannabe captures a moment of the energy vortices with beautiful and esoteric language.

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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: Wayne Richard Baker
Posted by fogglethorpe on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 (14:04:16)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 4, July 2, 2014.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for June 2014
Posted by mamta on Saturday, June 21, 2014 (18:09:45)

This month's staff picks is a collection of poems that are captivating not only in theme and language but they are also a combination of raw emotions, versatility, passion and romance.

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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: silent lotus
Posted by fogglethorpe on Tuesday, June 03, 2014 (04:26:59)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 3, June 3, 2014.

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News in Poetry Call for Entries! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest - Summer 2014
Posted by mamta on Sunday, June 01, 2014 (09:29:18)

Razz The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Welcome to all having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. www.dreamquestone.com

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for May 2014
Posted by mamta on Monday, May 19, 2014 (08:39:59)

The month of May brings out so many images in my mind - holidays, special days, mother's day and many more. My pick for this month is one such poem that is rich in imagery, rhythm and metaphors:

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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: Mary Ann Schallert
Posted by mamta on Tuesday, May 06, 2014 (15:50:55)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 2, May 6, 2014.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for April 2014
Posted by mamta on Saturday, April 19, 2014 (10:20:58)

Yes, its the National Poetry Month and we have seen poetry being celebrated and appreciated since its inception in 1996. It's time for another round of staff picks! Check out the poems for this month which our curators think are worthy of your attention. And check out more of their work if you read something you like!

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for March 2014
Posted by mamta on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (10:35:14)

It is going to be officially spring from tomorrow and I begin this month's staff picks with a spring poem. The poem is simple but neat and elegant and it captures the essence of the season beautifully.

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GotPoetry? Meet The GP Poet: Judih Weinstein Haggai
Posted by fogglethorpe on Thursday, February 27, 2014 (16:48:16)

An ongoing interview series exclusively for and about GotPoetry poets. Volume 1, March 2014.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for February 2014
Posted by mamta on Friday, February 21, 2014 (06:35:55)

Another month and I am back with another round of staff picks. I have always found imagist poems fascinating mainly because of the clarity and precision of words and expression. The minimalist style and the visual representation paint a clear picture to the readers. My pick for this month is one such poem by a new poet where the economy of words and vivid images strike a beautiful scene.

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Staff Picks Staff Picks for January 2014
Posted by mamta on Sunday, January 19, 2014 (09:08:43)

A beginning of another year and here I am with another round of Staff Picks. This feature was first started in January 2008 and it is in its sixth year now. We have featured poems and poets whom we thought were worthy of your attention. And before I proceed, I would like to thank all the staff and curators who have been a great support in making this feature regular and successful.

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News in Poetry C.D. Boyden Shares Poems from the Heart
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:40:59)

Over the course of eight years, C.D. Boyden wrote poetry and shared a few of his works with friends. With their encouragement, Boyden decided to publish his new collection of poetry, "Poems from the Heart: Reflections of Love" (published by Trafford Publishing).Link!

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News in Poetry Another View: Poetry is an art
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:39:30)

Regarding Lee Roscoe’s Poetropes of 1/9, I submit that poetry has not become a “cult.” There are no kidnappings or forced poetry readings. It can be an “affliction,” however, by “afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted.” At its best, it can become the conscience of a nation: i.e., Neruda, Yevtushenko, Rukeyser and Levertov. It has been, and remains, a noble art.Link!

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News in Poetry The best celebrity Twitter poems
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:38:12)

A real-life versificator, Poetweet takes your Twitter feed, runs it through an algorithm and spits out some surprisingly passable sonnets, rondels and indrisos (a lesser known version of a sonnet).Link!

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News in Poetry Exotic Territory: A Bilingual Anthology of Contemporary Paraguayan...
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:36:43)

Much of the poetry is political; Paraguay has been under some variety of dictatorship for most of its history, most notably under Alfredo Stroessner from 1954-89, and there are poems about repression and violenceLink!

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News in Poetry Vagif Samadoglu, lonely poet
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:35:19)

Azerbaijan’s literary community has lost one of its talented writer, playwright, people’s poet Vagif Samadoglu at the age of 76. More than 50 years, Vagif contributed priceless works to the treasure of the national literature. The master of modern literature also brought new ideas to the national literacy treasure of 1960-70s.Link!

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News in Poetry Best of: Modern poetry
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:33:13)

Poetry can be about more than two roads diverging in a yellow wood or plums in the icebox. These more modern poetry collections get to the heart of the human experience, tackling ideas of love, loss, loneliness, and everything in between.Link!

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News in Poetry Young poet scoops national award and prime-time TV date
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:31:44)

A Hebden Bridge young poet will appear on national television this weekend as part of a programme based on West Yorkshire.Link!

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News in Poetry Poetry out loud
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:30:47)

Hattiesburg Arts Council announces the southern regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.Link!

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News in Poetry 3 Poems by Joseph Massey
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:29:56)

Our poetry editor, Joe Pan, has selected three poems by Joseph Massey for his series that brings original poetry to the screens of Hyperallergic readers.Link!

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News in Poetry Estevan pays tribute to Robert Burns
Posted by Ozymandias on Sunday, February 01, 2015 (01:28:24)

The son of a poor farmer, Burns' upbringing reflected strongly in his poetry, which often carried themes of rebellion. He also championed for the rights of the poor in such poems as To a Mouse. Link!

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