Mouthy Poets is an awesome blog, with several members updating the blogs content. The blog seems to be a community of poets/bloggers coming together with brilliant fresh posts. The range of posts including, poems, poets, discussion and a lot more. There’s a combination of fun, serious and educational style posts, which I personally think is a really great way to interest a wide range of people, style and age wise. The posts are quite long but broken down into short paragraphs making each post easier to follow.
I thought the personal feel of the blog has been well thought out, it’s almost like the posts are personally for you. The blog is really hooked up to social media site which is important for gaining popularity. The use of facebook and twitter combined shows a huge support for The MOUTHY Poets. I think this blog starts on a level with people, tending to several different types of poetic ability, as well as considering professionalism with a hint of fun.
I found this blog really inspiring; it is well worth a look.
Today I’ve been checking out Apples and Snakes a poetry events website, it’s focused on poetry events happening around the UK. With well planned events advertised months in advance, which I think shows the success of not only the website but the organisation and planning put into these events.
There are workshops available for poets to improve their skills; I’ve never really seen so many places offered on one website. I think it’s well worth a look if you’re a starting poet of just want a few tips; I took a look at a couple of the links and each one seemed encouraging and positive. With support for the young as well as adults, from poetry slams to educational projects, Apples and Snakes seems to be a very popular, positive team of organisers.
I think the whole education element is great, one for adults and one for children, I love that Apples and Snakes are keeping it fun for the kids but a little more serious for the adults. Making people of all ages aware of what they can do and what sort of poetry is out there to experience. I think that’s brilliant!
The events available can be narrowed down through selecting where you live, saving you going through all the events that you cannot get to, a really nice time saving feature. The whole site is chic and the layout is easy to navigate. It is simple to see all the pages available, Apples and Snakes have narrowed it down to nine main pages, which I personally think are relevant and not just space fillers.
There’s a great mixture of pictures, text and videos on the site, it keeps it fun and interesting. I think in comparison to some poetry website Apples and Snakes is really modern and plants a fresh idea of poetry in the viewers mind. With a lot of poetry sites they are aimed at an older audience and the sites are quite sophisticated and complex, which can be overwhelming and boring at times. So I really did find this site to be a breath of fresh air.
Really worth a look even if it’s just to take a look at some new poets, I’m sure you’ll be able to find something or someone you like the look of.
Here is the site:
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Today I had the great opportunity to visit The Central Library Poetry Reading Group. Each member read a poem of their choice, which was then discussed further once it had been read.
I found the experience lovely, everyone was friendly and made my time at the group really enjoyable. The range of poem styles that were read, intrigued me greatly.
Reading groups are just as fascinating as reciting groups, bringing popular poets to the attention of those that enjoy poetry. From my point of view today a few poets have been mentioned that I will be looking at. Reading groups broaden interest and awareness of poetry and think that’s really key in keeping poetry alive.
The poems read:
To an Old Philosopher in Rome – 1954 – By Wallace Stevens
Epilogue of Haworth Churchyard – 1855 – By Matthew Arnold
The Deserted Village – 1728-1774 – By Oliver Goldsmith
Afterwards – By Thomas Hardy
I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed – 1892 – 1950 – By Edna Millay
Each of these poems read were historically old, but still had great depth of meaning and touched upon things that can in some cases be related to. Such as death, lust, loss, etc.
I just want to say a massive thank you to the entire group for a wonderful afternoon.
Please check out their blog – http://towerandfountainpoetry1.wordpress.com/
© Poetry Phenomenon 2014