time I want to give a couple of poetry sites a brief but enthusiastic
plug. Actually, they are both run by the same person, and while each can
be appreciated on its own, for the poet or serious poetry devotee they can
profitably be seen as a complementary pair.
name is Colin Holcombe and he lives in England. His sites
Poetry Portal and
updated, Poetry Portal offers a very useful directory of ezines,
poetry sites, literary appreciation sites and much, much more.
are, for instance, separate sections for beginners and advanced poetry
lovers. Selecting any of the subsections takes you to Poetry Magic.
Being no more than a poetaster myself, I really enjoy the educational
sections under the Beginner heading.
include things like “What is a poem?”, “Poetry as pleasure”, “Poetry as
art”, “Poetry as therapy”, “Themes”, “Originality”, and so forth.
a list, too, of current poetry conferences in the U.K. and the U.S., as
well as info on poetry competitions and publishing news, to say nothing of
the links to poetry in languages other English.
Magic I can only describe as a magnificent resource centre on the
theory and craft of writing poetry. Beginners and experienced poets alike
are very well catered for, as are all poetry sub-genres. This is a huge
and thorough site, chock-a-block with worthwhile information.