Blog Profiles: Poetry Blogs

Welcome to Blog Profiles! Each week, we select a topic and handful of blogs that do a great job contributing to the conversation. Do you have a blog that deserves recognition? Tweet our writers at @BeyondBylines.Poetry Blog ProfilesWriting is a huge part of my life.

I’ve spent decades in the journalism and communications industry. In my free time, I freelance and ghostwrite.

My relationship with words is as important as my body’s relationship with breath.

But poetry remains an area of writing that’s a mystery to me.

Here are four poetry blogs I discovered that beautifully carry on this mystery, while supporting their writers and their craft.

1. Harriet Blog – Poetry Foundation

Harriet is a blog of The Poetry Foundation, which publishes Poetry magazine.

The foundation is an independent literary group committed to a “vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.”

The blog features poems, poets, prose, and collections.

I like this blog for a lot of reasons. More than just poetry, the content really gets you thinking about other things that affect the poetry world.

Posts I enjoyed include Millay Site in Danger of Closure, So You Want to Open a Small Press Bookstore/Artist-Run Space? A Cautionary Tale, and Denise Levertov’s Years in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Follow @PoetryFound on Twitter.

Credit: @poetryfoundation on Instagram

2. The Poetry Project

The Poetry Project has a long and unusual history.

According to the site, in the summer of 1966, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery was founded as a direct successor to, and continuation of, the various coffeehouse reading series that had flourished on the Lower East Side since 1960.

That was just the beginning.

Today, The Poetry Project promotes, fosters and inspires the reading and writing of contemporary poetry through live programming, the website, workshops, publications, and special events. It presents poetry to diverse audiences and provides a community where poets and artists can exchange ideas and information.

Posts I liked include “Hard Drive” by Hettie Jones, The Allen Ginsberg Symposium, May 3-5, 2018, and from DAVE by Robert Fitterman.

Follow @poetry_project on Twitter.

Credit: @poetry_project on Instagram

3. The New Verse News

The New Verse News accepts unpublished poems and submissions from writers.

“Although the editors and audience of The New Verse News have a politically progressive bias, we welcome well-written verses of various visions and viewpoints,” the site says. “The writer of a poem accepted by the editors will be informed of that acceptance simultaneously with the posting of the poem on site.”

James Penha is the blog’s managing editor.

I really enjoyed the poem Crossing the Line, a powerful piece about the recent meeting of the North and South Korean leaders, written by Jill Crainshaw, a professor at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, NC. I also liked Craters by Alejandro Escudé.  Escudé holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches high school English.

Follow @NewVerseNews on Twitter.

Credit: The New Verse News on Facebook

4. PoemShape

When you visit PoemShape, you learn high up that it’s the site of a New England poet who “writes poetry, haiku, fables & criticism.”

Patrick Gillespie doesn’t technically offer his name, but you learn a bit about him when you dig. He was born in Berlin, grew up in southern Ohio and Vermont, listens to Bach and Beethoven, and enjoys skateboarding, longboarding and snowboarding. His wife, Tracy Gillespie, creates block prints, which he features on his site.

“I began writing poetry as a teenager when I saw a video of Robert Frost reading his poetry,” he says. “I do not have an MFA. I don’t have any connections. I’m self-taught. If you send me your poetry, all I can do is to read it, give you my opinion if asked, and wish you the best of luck.”

Posts I appreciated include Medieval Music, November, and December 30th 2017.

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Credit: PoemShape. Hand made block print by Tracy Gillespie.

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  9. Rabindranath Tagore – A Global Citizen

    Rabindra Jayanti may be held this time as usual. But in this situation, it can’t be celebrated in the way we have done in the past years. But I think like other events Rabindra Jyanti can also be held from home by communicating with everyone with the help Of the technology like Face Book live, Whats App etc. This time Tagore will join us in the midst Of the epidemic and in a closed environment Of lockdown.

    The relevance Of Tagore to us is so much that he occupies a huge place in our thoughts and minds. We find him beside us like a friend in our sorrow, happiness, love, birth and death. Our worship Of love might have remained incomplete if Tagore had not written songs for us. At least, I believe. A social media friend Of mine from Bangladesh once told me that Rabindranath was their only tool during the liberation war. I had the same experience while talking to a Shri Lankan friend. He told me, the way Tagore spoke Of world unity in his speeches , inspires him a lot to expand his thinking towards nationalism. We can all have such experience if we talk to some people in the world. A few years ago our Prime Minister Mr Modi visited a European country and there he met a professor who told him that they had established ” Tagore Chairs ” in their university on the occasion Of 150th birth anniversary Of the poet. It’s true that Tagore still enjoys the position that a global citizen truly deserves.

    Today when we see so much violence and lack Of harmony in the world, we get peace to place our head in his lap. He was a monk even though he was involved in everything in the world. Rabindranath is still waiting to be discovered in many ways. There is no end to our dreams around him yet. Even if he had not been awarded with Nobel , it would not have stood in the way Of recognition Of his creation. Therefore, Nirodshree Roy Choudhary once quoted ” Even a small word Of Tagore will make us think time and again ”

    I just would like to share a sweet experience in the last part Of my post. Two years ago I had the opportunity to talk to an Afgan youth at a drug store in Delhi. And in course Of conversation I started telling him about Tagore’s ” Kabuliwala”. Suddenly he snatched the words out Of my mouth and told me loudly ” Yea yea, Mini, Rahamot.. we also read in school text books “. Truly speaking, I got goosebumps for a second. The significance Of Tagore lies with me here, not just by celebrating his grand birthday every year. @Aniruddha


  10. Hey! Thanks for sharing amazing poetry blogs. I had a great experience reading them. There are some more top poetry websites that you may explore and also participate for free to submit your writings.


  11. अपनों को छोड़ गैरों की तरफ जा रहे है हम.
    ना जाने किस तरफ जा रहे है हम ..
    अपनों से अलग एक अजीब दुनिया बसा रहे है हम.
    ना जाने किस तरफ जा रहे है हम..
    माँ बाप भाई बहन से बहुत है शिकायते हमें.
    बीवी -बच्चों की हर ज़िम्मेदारी निभा रहे है हम..
    ये मकान मेरा ये दुकान तेरी.
    ना जाने क्यू इसमें इतना उलझते जा रहे है हम..
    माँ बाप की दवाई के खर्च से परेशान हो जाते है और दिखावे के लिए गैरों पर दौलत लुटाए जा रहे है हम..
    वो भी चल रहे है इसी राह पर ये सोचकर की शायद दुनिया की रसम निभा रहे है हम..
    ना जाने किस तरफ जा रहे है हम……… मेरी निजी कलम से
    नवेद इस्लाम


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