I like twitter. It is an excellent medium for poets- add a hashtag to the word poetry and voila! Sing. Do follow me @neelthemuse and if you don’t have an account make one.
Why should you belong to another noisy social platform?
1.For the links that come out of the blue.(Disclaimer: I am not about to turn you into an addict- just use the medium, keeping in mind that you must also exercise restraint of use)
More and more, you come across ideas and thoughts at random. The kind of mad randomness interesting for a poet because poetry is where all those emotions and ideas that can not be explained, are like ether somewhat, fuse and come together.
2.For knowing the publishing world.
So many publishers have hopped aboard. Worth a look(big presses and small ones) if you want to get published.
3.Another reason is you happen to read poets whom you should know but don’t.
This brings me to the question as to whether a poet should necessarily know All prominent poets. How many of us blogger poets really know all our poetry? Do we breathe in poetry like it is our life? Can we quote poets offhand? Do we know all there is to know about contemporary poetry or at least about poetry in the twentieth century? For that matter, do we know poets across the map?
I am thinking of doing a project the coming year in an attempt to address the questions that I shot at you right now. This idea leads me to a poem about what established poets could mean to the aspiring one.
I’m sorry I did not notice you
@ the canvas smoking your cigarette,
(So bad for you),and you with your head in the oven,
Come out- it’s hot.
And you do come out
In your hats and coats and scarves of another time
From the lips of men and women soaked in your dreams
You are property
You are quotes
Her? Before the oven
She drew blood from flowers
And he from art.
I do not recognize your faces
I stand on your shoulders
And look @ elsewhere