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  • lliyah wrote:Aha! Take a look at the beautiful YWS Community Haiku Collection made with Haiku poems submitted during May. :) #MayHaiku

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  • Hey poetry folks, Haiku Train (where you write a haiku using the last line of the last haiku as your first line) has been on such a roll this month! Any one up for a Haiku Train Challenge?

    Perhaps we could see how long we can keep it going with at least 1 poem in it every day ~ Could we make it the whole month of February with at least one person posting a Haiku in the thread every day?

    Anyone up for the challenge?

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    Tagging some of the regular participants + poetry people ~

    @Starve @Liminality @starlitmind @Plume @TypoWithoutCoffee @AlmostImmortal @Hkumar @Seirre @InuYosha @Tweezers @LizzyTyler @dancingontheclouds @illy78961 @QueenMadrose @Stellarjay @WinnyWriter @Meshugenah

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    Stellarjay oooo I've never done a Haiku train before! This should be fun. Though idk how to write a haiku XD
    Jan 31, 2022

    alliyah Haiku isn't too hard to get a hang of @Stellarjay and we'd love to have your poetic skills involved! :)

    The most basic format is first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, and the final line is 5 syllables. Sometimes people try to include a thematic turn in the 3rd line, so the third line is kind of a "surprise" but that's not strictly necessary.

    In the haiku train you use the last person's final line as the first line of your haiku. Hopefully that makes sense!

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  • liminality wrote:The Literally a Workshop pad is open!


    Tagging some peeps:
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    @Seirre, @alliyah, @rida, @Magebird, @dancingontheclouds, @LizzyTyler, @QueenMadrose, @Spearmint, @Stringbean, @ShadowVyper
    @Plume, @Que, @TypoWithoutCoffee

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  • Just came up with this ~ Mad Libs but Shakespeare Sonnet style.

    Choose items that fit these categories and then fill them into the sonnet below.
    [place 1]
    [place 2]
    [place 3]
    [noun3 (plural]

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    How do I [verb-emotion1] thee? Let me count the ways.
    I [verb-emotion1] thee to the [place1] and [place2] and [place3]
    My soul can [verb2], when feeling out of sight
    For the ends of being and ideal grace.
    I [verb-emotion1] thee to the level of every day's
    Most quiet need, by [noun1] and [noun2].
    I [verb-emotion1] thee freely, as men strive for right.
    I [verb-emotion1] thee purely, as they turn from praise.
    I [verb-emotion1] thee with the passion put to use
    In my old [noun3 (plural)], and with my childhood's [noun4].
    I love thee with a [verb-emotion1] I seemed to lose
    With my lost saints. I [verb-emotion1] thee with the [noun5],
    Smiles, tears, of all my [time1]; and, if God [verb3],
    I shall but [verb-emotion1] thee better after [time2].

    Share your results below! This is based on Shakespeare's Sonnet 43

    Hijinks How do I despair thee? Let me count the ways.
    I despair thee to the marsh and meadow and mountain
    My soul can observe, when feeling out of sight
    For the ends of being and ideal grace.
    I despair thee to the level of every day's
    Most quiet need, by coin and campfire.
    I despair thee freely, as men strive for right.
    I despair thee purely, as they turn from praise.
    I despair thee with the passion put to use
    In my old cares, and with my childhood's cement.
    I love thee with a despair I seemed to lose
    With my lost saints. I despair thee with the captive,
    Smiles, tears, of all my infinity; and, if God attempts,
    I shall but despair thee better after a millisecond.

    Aug 29, 2021

    alliyah "of all my infinity" is such an intriguing phrase! This turned out neat!
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  • Liminality wrote:Hi everyone! On I'll be opening a pad for a Poetry Reading. Everyone is welcome to hop in and share a recording along with a transcript if you please of you reading a poem out loud. It doesn't have to be your own poem - you could read one of your favourite poets as well. This is just an informal sharing circle for fun and I hope some of you will be able to attend!

    I'll share the pad link on my wall, but also the other poetry clubs like Poetry Readers c:.

    Also, here are the house rules that we'll use for the reading in advance~
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    House rules~
    - We're not here to critique today, this is just a sharing circle
    - Please give warnings for any potentially triggering topics, such as violence
    - Let's try to keep this family friendly
    - All the usual YWS rules apply

    Don't worry if you can't make it this time round, too, because we hope to make this a regular thing~

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  • Oh neat! Check this (and all the YWS poetry clubs) out!

    Liminality wrote:What's this? This is a ...



    As you may have noticed, there is now a Poetry Community Journal in the clubs section. This is a place where anyone can share some favourite poems along with commentary, including thoughts, feelings and associations with the poem. All the info you need is in the club's About Page and I've gone ahead to put in the first entry as an example.

    I hope everyone has a fantabulous time sharing poems and chatting about them here!

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  • BluesClues wrote:Hey all! Don't forget that the Poetry Publication Workshop is t h i s week, (date and time automatically to your time zone).

    We'll discuss things like how to find literary magazines to submit to, what to look for when submitting, and how to figure out which poems are the best fit for the magazine you're interested in.

    The workshop will include both discussion and some activities so you can practice choosing where to submit to and what to submit! Be there or be square!


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  • Happy May Haiku Month <3

    alliyah wrote:Happy May everyone! May is the 5th month of the year, so it's Haiku Month here on YWS! (The chill younger-sibling to NaPo)

    Here's some #MayHaiku threads to remember ~
    * Haiku Train
    * Life by Haiku
    * Haiku Battle!
    * Our special May Haiku activity for this year: The May Haiku Collection
    * It's also a perfect excuse to share surprise friendship poem haikus on people's walls during May!

    Directions for haiku writing if it's something new for you ~
    * Traditionally haiku tackles a nature theme, can be read in a single breath, and often have some type of "turn" or "reveal" at the end - though you're welcome to write them however you'd like and play with different themes!
    * Haiku should usually have 3 lines with the first line having 5 syllables, the second line having 7 syllables, and the third line having 5 syllables. (though some modern haiku movements reject this ;) )
    * If you're not sure about syllables syllable counter websites can help you out!

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  • Quillfeather
    Apr 7, 2021

    So I guess I will introduce myself. I'm Nicole, and I'm pretty new to this site l. I write fantisy, fiction and right now I'm writing a young adult mistery, but my favorite is poetry. Nice to meet you all

  • Quillfeather
    Apr 7, 2021

    Is any body here?

  • Quillfeather
    Apr 7, 2021

    So do you just write poetry?

    Hijinks Hey Nicole!! This club isn't super active anymore, but sometimes people will post on the wall about poetry events going on around the site - so if you subscribe to the club, you'll get notifications about those posts. If you're looking for a club for actually, like, writing poetry, I'd definitely suggest the Poem A Week club! Approximately once a week a prompt is posted there for inspiration, and you can post the poems you write from those prompts in your own thread each week. If you're looking for poetry discussion, the Poetry Readers club gets together once a month to discuss a poem, which is pretty fabulous and fun in my opinion c: AND last but not least, you can also subscribe to the Poetry Jams club, and people will post there when they're writing poetry so other people can join them.
    Hope that info dump all makes sense haha xD If you have any other questions let me know ^^

    Apr 7, 2021

  • Quillfeather
    Apr 7, 2021

    Can I join this poetry club?

    alliyah Of course!
    Apr 7, 2021

    Quillfeather Oh great! So is there anything much to it?
    Apr 7, 2021

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  • starlitmind wrote:AND IT'S ABOUT TO START! c: Here's the link to the pad! ^_^
    whatchamacallit wrote:also also THIS IS TOMORROW AND I AM SO EXCITE MUCH !!!! Can't wait <333
    whatchamacallit wrote:eeeep coming to YWS's near you this Friday!! you don't want to miss it!!! <3
    [quote="starlitmind"]WORKSHOP!! :D


    You have probably encountered written prompts for poetry, and might have even used a couple when you're lacking inspiration. Perhaps you've even seen some visual prompts, like a painting or a picture of a beautiful sunset. But have you ever tried out musical prompts? Well, that's what we're doing in this workshop! If you're lacking inspiration, or just want to try something new and fresh to get your poetry juices flowing, this is the perfect workshop for you!

    It will take place on . The time should automictically convert to your time zone, and the link to the WFP will be shared through wall posts. @whatchamacallit and I will be running the workshop for about an hour! :)

    Hope to see you there!! <3

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  • Poetry Jams wrote:
    Poetry Workshop August 22

    <- should automatically adjust to your timezone!


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  • Hey poets! Poetry opportunity for you to join in discussing a great poem!

    alliyah wrote:Feel free to jump into our Poetry Reader's Club if you want to chat about poetry ~ we're discussing "A Map to the Next World" by Joy Harjo this month.
    alliyah wrote:Hey Poetry Reader's Club! I'm a couple days late, but we've got our Poetry Discussion for July open! We'll be discussing "A Map to the Next World" by a poet I really admire, current US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. Please take a look at the discussion questions and share what you think of the poem. :)

    The discussion will be open all month, so feel free to stop by and see what people are saying whenever.


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