The Top 50 Poetry Blogs per Blog Rank

Curious about how your poetry blog is really doing? So was I. I stumbled across Blog Rank while doing a Google search on my own poetry blog. Of course, I knew my humble blog wouldn’t rank in the top 5000 poetry blogs much less the top 50! But as a fan of poetry and being a blogger, I am certainly interested in following the better blogs and learning what it is that makes them so successful. As you may as well, I am passing along to you Blog Rank’s Top Fifty Poetry Blogs.

Blog Rank uses over 20 different factors to rank the blogs in any category. Some of the factors include:RSS membership, incoming links, Compete Alexa, and Technorati ranking, and social sites popularity.

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The Art of Writing Poetry – A Series of Articles from Poetry X

Poetry X is a web site devoted to increasing the public’s readership and appreciation of poetry via the Internet. PoetryX.com is owned and operated by poet, critic, and raconteur Jough Dempsey.

The Art of Writing Poetry is a series of articles that takes a look at the process of writing poetry, techniques that poets use, ways to get started, tips and tricks, and anything else associated with the writing life. You can find this helpful series of articles here.

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Poetry Flash – Building Community Through Literature

Poetry Flash, Literary Review & Calendar for the West builds community through literature, providing literary writing, access to literary activities, information, and inspiration to writers and the public through publishing and events. Publication is their primary expression, both online and in print. Now celebrating 40 years!

Poetry Flash publishes reviews of poetry and literary fiction, poems, interviews, essays, and submission and award information for all creative writers—poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, online and in print. Poetry Flash also features an extensive listing of literary events in the West, especially comprehensive online. The all-genre, online literary calendar, divided geographically, provides readers with an in-depth portrait of events all over California, the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon), and the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico), with a representative sampling of other national and international events, conferences and festivals. Featuring event highlights that direct readers to the online calendar, Poetry Flash is published as a junior tab newspaper in editions of 22,000, on the “free paper” model, serving a maximum audience by maintaining the largest circulation possible. Production and distribution are supported by advertising, subscriptions, grants, and donations. Poetryflash.org hits 19,500 visits per month; the online events calendar is frequently updated.

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One-Day Poetry Workshop with Poets Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal

Plein Air Poetry – enjoy a one-day poetry workshop May 5, 2012 with poets Jeanette Clough and Jim Natal at beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. Write poetry outdoors, this workshop is open to all levels but enrollment is limited. For more information visit The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park. To register call 760-367-5535 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.), or email desertinstitute @ zippnet.net. Fee: $60

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April is National Poetry Month!

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

Find out more about National Poetry Month by visiting the POETS.org, the website of the Academy of American Poets

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Poetry.LA has it’s finger on the pulse of the Los Angeles poetry community.

I recently stumbled upon the Poetry.LA website while Googling for poetry events in southern California. I was immediately captivated by this creation of Hilda Weiss and Wayne Lindberg. Rather than attempt to summarize what they’ve done on their site, I’ll let them tell you. The following is taken from the Poetry.LA Facebook page:

Poetry.LA is an online video showcase featuring established and emerging poets videotaped at various venues throughout Southern California. It’s an up close look at a variety of poetic voices, including interviews with poets and publishers. The venues where poetry readings are held are also spotlighted.

Started in 2007 by Hilda Weiss and Wayne Lindberg, www.Poetry.LA posts videos of established and emerging poets recorded at many So. Cal. venues. It also runs video interviews with members of the L.A. poetry community.

You can learn more about this great resource at http://www.poetry.la/ and follow them on Facebook, if you like. You’ll find a multitude of talented established and emerging poets as well as information about poetry events in SoCal and more. They even have their own YouTube channel! Check it out!

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The Idiom Dictionary – A Great Resource for All Writers

The idiom dictionary is compiled from the Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms and the Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms.  A link to this great tool came across my Twitter feed the other day and I thought I would share it with you.  It’s a great tool for all writers not just poets.  You can find it here: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/

The Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms explains over 7,000 idioms current in British, American and Australian English, helping learners to understand them and use them with confidence. The Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms, based on the 200 million words of American English text in the Cambridge International Corpus, unlocks the meaning of more than 5,000 idiomatic phrases used in contemporary American English. Full-sentence examples show how idioms are really used.

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Great Site to Check Out: Poetry Daily

I’ve followed Poetry Daily on Twitter (@Poetry_Daily) for some time now. Poetry Daily is a great site that helps promote poetry by providing an anthology of contemporary poetry. Each day, they highlight you a new poem from new books, magazines, and journals. You can learn more about Poetry Daily by visiting their website. You can follow them on Twitter (@Poetry_Daily), sign up for a weekly email newsletter, browse through previously posted poems and much more. It’s a great site. If you are interested in poetry, I suggest you give it a good look.

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Looking for Poetry Events in Southern California?

The Poetix website describes itself thus:

“Poetix is Southern California’s Poetry & Spoken Word gateway, capturing the sights and sounds of the verbal arts with resonance, impact and aesthetics.”

and so it is. While searching the web for poetry events in Southern California I came upon the Poetix page. The Poetix site has a comprehensive calendar of poetry events all over SoCal from San Diego County to Kern County along with editorials, features, reviews and more. Check out this great resource at: http://www.poetix.net/index.htm.

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Online Poetry Resources

Being fairly new to writing poetry myself, I’ve taken advantage of the internet to locate and use a number of great poetry-related web sites.  I thought it was time I shared a few the resources that I have found quite helpful.  Maybe you will too.  Over time, I expect this list will change and grow.  All these resources are free to use.  I’ve found a few that are subscription based but have opted not to list them here.   If you have found a web site you would like to share, please respond to this post with a comment and I will add it to the list.
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