Poetry New Zealand, published twice a year and edited since 1993 by Alistair Paterson, is new Zealand’s oldest and most distinguished poetry magazine. Excerpts from the current issues and archive of older issues going back to Issue 22 are available in this online version of the magazine.
Each online version of a Poetry New Zealand issue generally includes a short essay (editorial) and 2 or 3 high quality poems, by well-known and lesser known poets with some of the contributors outside of New Zealand. Subscriptions to the print version are available for purchase online.
Dverse is promotes poetic diversity by providing a gathering place for poets of all backgrounds, styles and approaches to gather, share poetry and give and receive critiques.
This is an amazing site and well worth taking time to explore older posts in all of the following categories:
- FormForAll Articles that introduce and explain a given form of poetry, such as the sestina. Guests are encouraged to create a poem for that form and then link to their composition.
- Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft Alternates weekly with FormForAll providing specific challenges to guests.
- OpenLinkNight (Guests can link to any of their poems and browse other poet’s links.)
- Poetics (This is one of the most interesting places to visit. Guests write about a provided poetry prompt and link to their completed poems.)
- Pretzels & Bullfights Weekly posts of significant poems of important poets.
If one is serious about developing the poetry skills, this is a must site to visit. Join the other regulars, meet new friends and develop your poetry skills!
Lithuania has a rich history of poetry, literature and folk songs. This Lithuanian Poetry Site provides English Translations of several generation of both celebrated Lithuanian poets and lesser known artists.
Besides the wonderful, diverse and often awe-inspiring poems, one can read an informative essay by Kornelijus Platelison on Modern Lithuanian Poetry.
Check out poets like Jurgis Baltrušaitis (1873–1944), the first Lithuanian symbolist or the more t raditional Antanas Strazdas (1760–1833).
List of Poets currently on this Lithuanian Poetry Site:
Antanas A. Jonynas
Shirley Ruksznis Young
Darius Victor Sniečkus
Hello Poetry has established a community of poets sharing their poems with each other, and if they wish to take the next step, create a digital book they can sell online.
One can leisurely browse through the sites most popular poems, select a random poem, or stick with the editors’ picks.
It’s a good alternative for those that don’t wish to start a blog or a good secondary outlet for posting poems originally posted on one’s personal blog.
After posting a poem, the author can track how many people read it, read their comments, or opt to pay for a “Pro” account with extra features including tracking statistics. There are also a large number of groups that one can join including a “Mutual Admirer’s Society, with currently 2231 members with a number of “collections” (categories) of poems including “Poems We Wished Others Would Love!
An excellent resource for better understanding poetry, MAPS provides in-depth analysis for poems that can be conveniently found in the Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry as well as biographical information and additional information on the various poets.
Although the poems themselves are not included (unless quoted in one of the essays), one can reference most of the corresponding poems online at places like http://www.poemhunter.com. For example, when reading the James Presley essay for Langston Hughes’ poem “Let America be America”, one can find the corresponding poem at http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/let-america-be-america-again
The Poem Tree, administered and edited by Caleb Murdock, contains a wealth of metered poetry from Shakespeare up to the present. Although there are many examples of free-form verse in the site’s collection, the primary focus is on more formal poetry.
As Mr. Murdock points out, metered poetry is making a comeback. One only has to browse the wealth of poetry blogs out there to find many fine examples of active, creative poets that are adhering to past forms
Set aside time to browse the essays particularly Murdock’s “Is It Poetry or Prose?” and “A Look at Scansion Methods”
The Poem Tree also accepts submissions of previously published poetry submissions (even if only published in a small journal or on a website.) Both quality and use of meter appear to be an important part of the selection process: those poems posted on the site are worth exploring!
I want to try to identify some less trafficked blogs that are just as worth visiting as their much busier superhighway neighbors.
Tarot Mandalas is not your traditional poetry blog. The poems are supposedly based on Tarot Readings — and this is an area I have not knowledge of or understanding of — yet, each entry reads like a wonderfully wrought poem, each with a special musical identity.
The author poets together ten-line stanzas (usually, it seems, into 9 stanza poems).
I am so tempted to quote one of these amazing verses, but don’t wish to do so without the author’s permission. (May update this post with a quote later, if I do get such permission, however, the site appears to have been inactive for awhile.)
Rather than my attempting to further explain the nature of this site, best for you to ditch my blog and visit the Tarot Mandalas site.
Ron Silliman, the 2006 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, provides a website of exploration, an online amusement park, that covers not only poetry but music (John Cage, Fred Hersch, Anthony Braxton), art, linguistics, books and literature, dance (Merce Cunningham) and other worthwhile subjects. Make no mistake, this site’s focus is poetry, poems and poets: videos of topnotch poets reading their works, excerpts of poems, complete poems, external links for living poets, fitting remembrances of those passing on, and Ron Sillman’s own writing. The amount of content here is overwhelming and a tribute to Sillman’s energy and productivity.
Check out Mr. Sillman’s site, his blogroll and some of his poems.
Every once in a while, I will post a recommended poem site and some corresponding comments. I hope you enjoy these sites as much as I do.
For suggestions of worthy sites please add a comment to any of the posts here and your thoughts on sites that should be included. Even if I don’t include your recommendation as a post, at least by including in your comments, someone with better judgement than I will have your recommended link available for their immediate use.